Buxton Mountain Rescue Team is to take a starring role in the BBC’s Countryfile programme this weekend.
While planning to film in Staffordshire for this Sunday’s episode, the team behind Countryfile learned it was the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation’s 50th anniversary.
Presenters Ellie Harrison and Jules Hudson invited the Buxton team to join them on the Roaches, near Leek, and explain how mountain rescue in the Peak District had evolved and developed throughout the last 50 years.
Robin Knott of Derby MRT and Bob Rogerson, who was a competitor in the 1964 Four Inns Walk, which led to mountain rescue teams in the Peak District being established, were on hand to explain what happened on that fateful day 50 years ago.
Buxton team chairman Roger Bennett said: “We’re grateful for the opportunity to get the mountain rescue team’s name out to a national audience of six million people, and raise awareness of the team, which is a charity and relies on volunteers.”
Team member Carney Turner explained to the Countryfile presenters how the team deals with missing person searches whether on moorland or in an urban setting using digital mapping and information technology.
And the end of the day was put to good use when Countryfile’s Jules Hudson was reported lost on the Back Forest Ridge whilst returning from visiting Lud’s Church. Rescue Team Leader Neil Carruthers briefed the team and together with Ellie commenced a search of the moor. Jules was found safe and well, but very wet.
Countryfile will be shown on BBC1 at 8pm on Sunday.