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Buxton man collects MBE from the Queen

Buxton Mountain Rescue Team president Ian Hurst receives his MBE at Buckingham Palace. Photo contributed.

Buxton Mountain Rescue Team president Ian Hurst receives his MBE at Buckingham Palace. Photo contributed.

Buxton man Ian Hurst has received his MBE from the Queen at an investiture at Buckingham Palace.

Ian was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours in June for services to mountain rescue in Derbyshire.

He has been involved with the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation for 50 years with spells as secretary, insurance officer and treasurer.

Since 1970, Ian represented the Peak District at national meetings, becoming a Trustee of Mountain Rescue England and Wales in 1971.

He joined Buxton Mountain Rescue Team in 1990, becoming team chairman in 1991, a post he held until becoming president of the team in 2011.

He said: “ This is recognition not just for me but for the Buxton team and all mountain rescuers serving the Peak District.

“We are very lucky in the Peak District that so many volunteers will turn out in all weathers, day and night in sometimes difficult circumstances to help others.

“I would also like to thank the outside agencies that assist us when requested, the police, ambulance, air ambulance, fire and rescue and the RAF search and rescue crews.”

Ian was accompanied on his trip to Buckingham Palace by his wife, Zan, daughter Michelle and son-in law Rob.

In May, he became the first person to ever receive a framed Certificate of Service to recognise 50 years of unbroken dedication to mountain rescue in the Peak District.

 

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