May 14 2010
As reported below, at the opening of the team dinner, RSH, more popularly known within the team as Bob, received his certificate for 30 years long service to Mountain Rescue, awarded by the Mid-Pennine Search and Rescue Organisation.
In the whole history of the team, Bob is only the third recipient of this award, the previous two being Geoff Seddon and Alan James.
Bob joined the team in January 1980 and remained on the call-out list for 24 years, stepping down in 2004, but still remaining an active member of the team as a reserve callout list member, and also as the link between the the team and the Support Group.
In 1981 Bob was elected our fourth team leader, a post he held for two years, other posts having included team chairman, 1984-7, and elected deputy leader 1989-90.
Bob was a founder organiser of our team’s sponsored walk and the Milliken weekend, both of which were held throughout the late 1980’s into the 1990’s. Bob holds the current post of honorary team President.
At a regional level, Bob was MPSRO secretary for over 12 years, and has also been MPSRO chairman.
By his own declaration, Bob has never been a climber but he is an experienced mountaineer, with an impressive tally of Scottish mountains, in both winter and summer conditions to his name. He has successfully completed some long-distance Munro bashing trips in Scotland as well as the Three National Peaks challenge, which he completed with a big smile on his face (and no doubt massive blisters under his feet) in under 24 hours.
Team Leader Garry Rhodes MBE presents Team President Bob Hutchinson with his 30 years MPSRO long service certificate