Buxton Mountain Rescue Team member honoured for 50 years’ service

Ken Blakeman (left), Chairman of Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation, presents John Mayer with a certificate in honour of his long service.
Ken Blakeman (left), Chairman of Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation, presents John Mayer with a certificate in honour of his long service.
  • Long service honour for Buxton Mountain Rescue Team member
  • John Mayer joined the team in 1965 and remains a full operational member
  • Award was presented at team’s AGM last Thursday

A staunch supporter of Buxton Mountain Rescue Team has been honoured for his long service.

John Mayer, who joined the Dove Holes-based rescue team in 1965, is currently its longest-serving member, having clocked up 50 years of unbroken membership as a full operational member.

Fifty years represents a lifetime of commitment to the rescue team and without the dedication of such people mountain rescue would not have developed into the modern and efficient service expected by the public today.

Roger Bennett, Operational Secretary, Buxton Mountain Rescue Team

While no longer climbing the hills on call-outs, he continues in an active role as a senior team call-out officer.

And the milestone was honoured during a special presentation evening at the team’s annual general meeting last Thursday, when he was presented with certificates by Mike France, Chairman of Mountain Rescue England and Wales, and Ken Blakeman, Chairman of the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation.

A gift of an engraved pewter tankard was awarded by the team’s vice-chairman, Dr Mat Stagg, along with a card signed by the whole squad, while a bouquet of flowers was presented to John’s wife, Julie, in recognition of her support for his voluntary work.

Roger Bennett, the team’s operational secretary, paid tribute to John, saying: “Fifty years represents a lifetime of commitment to the rescue team and without the dedication of such people mountain rescue would not have developed into the modern and efficient service expected by the public today.

“John is a great character and an inspiration to so many others.”

He added: “We hope he can continue in an operational role for many years to come.”