Enjoy a walk though Rotherham's history

By Antony Clay | 20/12/2018

Enjoy a walk though Rotherham's history
Stephen Gay leads last year's annual festive walk 172184

HISTORY enthusiast Stephen Gay is set to hold his 20th annual festive ramble — and this year it will have a film theme.

The trek on Saturday, December 22, will highlight Rotherham’s transport history and is organised in association with the Great Central Railway Society.

The five mile walk will cost just £1 and be based around the classic 1958 film Tread Softly Stranger whose exterior shots were done in the Parkgate area of Rotherham.

The walk will depart from outside Rotherham Central railway station — where participants should all meet up — at 9.30am and will terminate in Parkgate at 3.45pm.

The trek will include the traditional tipple of seasonal sherry.

Stephen said: “I will be calling my walk this year Tread Softly Stranger, an appropriate title for exactly 60 years ago that film was shot in Rotherham, in and around the Parkgate area of the town.

“It will be that area of the town I will be concentrating my walk on this year.

“There will be plenty of transport history on my walk, including railways, canals, buses and the new tram-train.

“I will also be pointing out surviving locations that were used in the film.

“Anyone with memories and photographs of the film are more than welcome to join us at the Station Hotel at Parkgate between noon and 2pm where we will be having our pub lunch. The surviving Station Hotel at Parkgate featured prominently in the film and so is the perfect location for our lunch break.

“It promises to be a fascinating day of nostalgia.”

The walks are always popular and Stephen is expecting around 30 people to participate. It is open to all.

Hot food and drink will be available on the lunch break, and the walk will also include poetry readings. Mince pies will also be on offer.

The film Tread Softly Stranger was an atmospheric crime thriller starring George Baker, Diana Dors, Terence Morgan and Patrick Allen.

During the filming at Parkgate, 90 men from the steelworks became extras with another scene featuring local children.