Community’s continuing backing for rescue team

The floral Mountain Rescue logo in Rothbury.
The floral Mountain Rescue logo in Rothbury.

A north Northumberland community that has long been a supporter of a volunteer rescue team is holding a fund-raising event this weekend.

Rothbury now has a floral tribute to celebrate 50 years since the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team was formed.

The parish council created the Mountain Rescue England & Wales logo with plants in a prominent central location within the village.

A plaque next to the flowerbed, installed by the Northumberland National Park Authority, provides a history of the formation of the team following the tragic events of 1965 when two shepherds perished in a blizzard.

In the last year, people living in Rothbury have helped raise funds for the team by buying Christmas cards, which are being sold through Shepherds Walks, a business offering guided walks, challenge events and walking holidays.

The company has also donated a proportion of the entry fees to the team, which, in turn, has provided rescue cover for some of the events, like the St Cuthbert’s Way Challenge Walk.

Two pubs – The Turk’s Head and The Queen’s Head – are celebrating the golden anniversary by stocking Curlew’s Rescue, which has been brewed by the award-winning Allendale Brewery for this celebratory year.

The brewery is donating 10p from every pint to the team.

And on Saturday, from 8pm to 11pm, The Queen’s Head is holding a fund-raising musical extravaganza, featuring Tom O’Donnell, with Malcolm Burke and Andy Batchelor, to celebrate the anniversary.

Entry to the evening, which will be compered by Oil Slick Mick and also features Terry Docherty, Toby Austin-Walker, The Nomads and Country Blue, is by £5 donation and tickets can be reserved on 01669 620470.

If that weren’t enough, the mountain rescue team has also provided demonstrations to Rothbury Scouts and Beavers, has in the past given presentations to pupils of Rothbury First School, and six team members live in or near the village.

This 50th year has also proved to be one of the busiest for the team, with 45 incidents to date, involving more than 1,000 hours of volunteer time.

Six of these incidents have been in the hills surrounding Rothbury as well as further up the Coquet Valley; a collapsed walker on Beacon Hill, near to Simonside; missing mountain bikers in the Kidland Forest area and a couple in their 50s, who were stranded in snow in the car at Chew Green.

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