THE Peak District National Park Authority has said “goodbye” to former chairman Tony Hams as he finished his 10-year appointment.
Government appointee Mr Hams chaired the authority for five years until last July, taking it through some momentous events in the national park's history.
The authority includes large areas of Meltham and Holmfirth.
Mr Hams led the celebrations when the ground-breaking Countryside and Rights of Way Act received its national launch in the Peak District in 2004.
The Act gives open access to vast stretches of moors and heathland previously closed to walkers.
Mr Hams helped to develop the Moors for the Future partnership.
This group is leading the way on moorland research and restoration, tackling climate change and conserving rare habitats.