Tributes paid to ‘dedicated’ Buxton Mountain Rescue Team stalwart

Charles Edward (Ted) Burton MBE
Charles Edward (Ted) Burton MBE

Tributes have been paid to the man who gave his spare time to saving the lives of people in distress or danger in the Peak District.

Charles Edward (Ted) Burton MBE, from Chinley, who joined Buxton Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) in the early 1970s, died on Sunday March 20, aged 84, after a short illness.

His wife Eve said the pair, who met in 1951 and shared a love of cycle speedway, had a good life.

“We travelled, we saw the world and we enjoyed life,” she said.

The couple married in 1953 and Eve went out to join Ted in a marital army flat in Germany, where they lived for a year.

The couple, originally from Manchester and Stockport, regularly went walking and climbing in the Peak District.

It was this love of the outdoors that led to Ted joining Buxton MRT in the early 1970s, and he held the position of team leader from 1975 to 1989.

During this period, Buxton MRT became the only team in the country to also be a division of St John Ambulance.

In 1977 the team established its first independent base after negotiations with Dove Holes Quarry, securing free use of an old stone barn.

A programme of modernisation began to renew both equipment and vehicles.

Ted’s leadership period was recognised as the start of the modern rescue team.

After standing down from team leadership, Ted became a regional incident controller and also team president for a short time.

In the 1999 New Year’s Honours List, Ted was made an MBE for his services to mountain rescue in the Peak District.

Eve said: “He was very proud and honoured to receive the award, but also very humble too, saying that it was not just an award for him but one which should celebrate all the Buxton MRT volunteers.”

Ian Hurst, President of Buxton Mountain Rescue Team, worked with Ted when they were both national park rangers at Edale, as well as through mountain rescue.

He said: “I have known Ted almost 40 years and he was a very dedicated and committed team member.

“Everything he did he did well. He stepped away from volunteering at the sharp end when he was controller, but his decisions went on to save lives and that should be honoured.”

Ted was a dad to one, grandad to two and had two great granddaughters.

His funeral will take place on Wednesday April 6 at 12.30pm at Chapel-en-le-Frith Methodist Church, followed by a short private service for family members at Macclesfield Crematorium.

Eve welcomes Ted’s friends and acquaintances to later join her and the family at Chapel-en-le-Frith Golf Club for light refreshments.

Flowers are requested from relatives only, but donations are welcome and payable to either the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation or the Soldiers, Sailors Airmen and Families Association.