Villagers help to keep up Snoz’s spirit

Robert Southwick,who grew up in Irton, rode all the way from his home in Doncaster to give the protesters his support. 113827p  And below, Rob in The Mandrakes, second left.

Robert Southwick,who grew up in Irton, rode all the way from his home in Doncaster to give the protesters his support. 113827p And below, Rob in The Mandrakes, second left.

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VILLAGERS continued to support Snoz yesterday, as he continued his determined battle to save the Irton tree.

His supporters are taking turns to keep the 36-year-old company overnight and have made sure he is fed and watered.

The Mandrakes posing outside Brid Spa after playing support on 6th August 1966 L to R Mick Stephenson (Drums) Rob Southwick (Second Guitar & Vocals) Pete Liley (Lead Guitar) Mick Cooke (Bass Guitar) Alan (Robert) Palmer (Vocals)

The Mandrakes posing outside Brid Spa after playing support on 6th August 1966 L to R Mick Stephenson (Drums) Rob Southwick (Second Guitar & Vocals) Pete Liley (Lead Guitar) Mick Cooke (Bass Guitar) Alan (Robert) Palmer (Vocals)

David Parker remained at the tree between 6am on Tuesday and 2:20am yesterday.

He said: “Snoz is not doing it for publicity, for himself or as a dare - he’s doing it because he loves the tree.”

Shirley Marshall was at the tree between 4am and 6am yesterday.

“I found it amazing,” she said. “It was very tranquil.”

The villagers were joined by people from further afield.

Mandrakes guitarist and singer Rob Southwick, who grew up in Irton, travelled to the tree from Doncaster.

“I’ve got a great affection for Irton and it’s a rather special tree,” he said. “Snoz has made people sit up, take notice and question what is happening.”

Rebecca Gawthorpe, an arboriculture student from Scarborough, has also joined the villagers.