Oct 21 2008
Today the team was invited to meet the Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton for a photocall with the Mountain Rescue ’Hummer’ at the foot of the Town Hall steps, early this afternoon.
This developed at the kind invitation of the Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Anthony Connell, into an invitation for team representatives to meet with him beforehand in the Mayors Parlour at Bolton Town Hall, where his wife Maureen the Mayoress and an ex Councillor, also wished to meet with the team.
Representing the team was our Deputy Team Leader Geoff Seddon, and long serving team members Ged Clarke and Fred Taylor. Whilst with the Mayor and Mayoress our team members discovered that they were both keen walkers upon the local moorlands, so meeting with them entailed a lot of common interests. The Mayor Councillor Anthony Connell is also a keen runner with Burnden Road Runners Club and has completed an incredible 14x London Marathons to his credit!
All then adjourned to the bottom of the Bolton Town Hall steps, where Fred Taylor had positioned the ’Mountain Rescue Hummer’ for the photocall with the Mayor and Mayoress.
Considerable interest from passing members of the public was very apparent, generated initially by the presence of the ’Hummer’ leading people to enquire of the team and Mountain Rescues 75th Anniversary, decals of which are carried very prominently on the Hummer.
The team thanks the Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton for the invitation to be their guests this afternoon and for their obvious interest in the work of our team.
The team continues to extend its gratitude to General Motors / Hummer for the loan of this vehicle, specially marked up to celebrate 75 years of UK Mountain Rescue, as it is a fantastic crowd puller and publicity outlet for the team (and mountain rescue in general) generating considerable interest in our team wherever it appears.