LOCAL school children and councillors helped The White Hall Centre mark its 60th birthday last week.
The outdoor education centre, on Long Hill, Buxton, held a celebration day packed with outdoor activities to mark the milestone last Thursday.
Visiting councillors included Derbyshire County Cllrs Robin Baldry, Chair of White Hall’s Advisory Committee, and Cllr Barrie Taylor, who is also member of the committee.
Heads of Derbyshire schools, past head of White Hall Lyn Noble and Police Community Support Officers Matt Cox and Ron Wild were also present, along with pupils from Earl Sterndale Primary School, who have completed a six-week bike-ability course with White Hall through the High Peak Schools Sport Partnership.
Cllr Baldry said: “The need for adventure in young people’s lives and their ability to assess risks is as important, if not more important today as it was 60 years ago. White Hall has helped an estimated one million Derbyshire young people have these fantastic valuable, life changing experiences. Here’s to the next 60 years!”
Opened in June 1951, White Hall was the first local authority outdoor education centre in the country and was the concept of Sir Jack Longland, Director of Education in Derbyshire from 1949 to 1970.
• In 1957 during a royal visit by the Duke of Edinburgh to Castle Naze Rock Face above Chapel-en-le-Frith and Whaley Bridge canal, the Duke borrowed a pair of White Hall wellingtons for the walk up to Castle Naze which have never been returned!
Famous White Hall staff include Joe Brown, legendary climber of the 1960s and Simon Nadin, the first ever World Climbing Champion in 1989. Mountaineer Doug Scott CBE was inspired to climb after school visits to White Hall.