Rambling group pay Royal tribute to pub landlord

Terry McNamara  at a charity day at the Princess Royal, soaked after a stint in the stocks getting sponges thrown at him!
Terry McNamara at a charity day at the Princess Royal, soaked after a stint in the stocks getting sponges thrown at him!

FRIENDS of a former Sheffield pub landlord are due to set off today (Thursday) on a 90-mile charity walk in his memory.

The Royal Ramblers take their name from the Crookes pub where Terry McNamara, who died in March at the age of 58 after an eight-year battle with various forms of cancer, was best known.

They are walking from Filey to Sheffield and are expected to arrive at the Princess Royal in Slinn Street on Saturday night.

Terry spent over 20 years behind the bar of three pubs, starting as landlord at the Rising Sun in Jenkin Road, Wincobank, before two stints at the Princess Royal, then five years at the Belle Vue in Filey.

Five walkers, who all knew Terry through university after he sponsored their football team, are doing the walk in aid of the two Sheffield charities that helped Terry in his final months – St Luke’s Hospice and the Sheffield Macmillan Unit for Palliative Care.

They are Adam Oxley, Greg Wood, Dave Murphy, Stephen Boyle and Sam Sullivan. A few others are planning to join on the last day, including Glen Oxley, who was one of Terry’s best friends.

Ramble organiser Adam Oxley said: “Walking 90 miles in three days will be a huge challenge, as training has proved, but it’s nothing compared to Terry’s long battle against cancer. He was such a special person to so many people. He was one of my dad’s best friends and to our family he was always Uncle Terry.

“I wanted to do something special in memory of Terry and the idea for the walk came after Terry’s family requested that donations at his funeral go to these two fantastic charities.

“Terry was a keen fundraiser himself, memorably raising money for St Luke’s with summer barbecues at the Princess Royal.

“Terry sponsored our football team while we were studying at the University of Sheffield and we used his pub for various social occasions. The other ramblers, bar my dad, are all members of the team, which shows the impact Terry had on people.

“The support we’ve received so far has been staggering and my thanks go to everyone who has helped with planning and organising the walk. We’ve already raised over £500 but we hope to raise at least double that.”

Adam added: “Terry was not married and didn’t have any children. He was very close though to his older sisters Pat and Wendy, who have been very supportive of our efforts.”