OLDHAM Mountain Rescue Team celebrated its outstanding achievements at its glittering 55th anniversary celebration.
The efforts of the group were praised by Mayor of Oldham Cllr Ginny Alexander, guest of honour with her consort husband Adrian, at the dinner at the White Hart in Saddleworth.She also presented a personal Mayor’s Award to Peter Hyde, who joined the team in 1965.
He served two years as team leader, 11 years as secretary, 37 years treasurer, 14 years as deputy team leader and was recently appointed the team’s president.
She said: “Mountain rescue do a remarkable job being on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“They are an amazing voluntary organisation helping those lost, injured or in danger in remote and inaccessible areas around the borough and beyond, saving our people, our wildlife and our moors.”
Rob Tortoiseshell, the team leader, presented Mr Hyde with his 55-year-long service award, a Mountain Rescue England and Wales certificate and a special watch from the team.
He said: “It’s an honour to be a member of the same team as someone so dedicated to helping others.
“Peter has been instrumental in many of the team’s milestones, not least when we were honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service this year, something into which he put a lot of work.
“Officially we have 51 team members, but in reality, every one of them is part of the team.
“Without the support of our families, and of the community, we couldn’t do what we do.
“Thank you all for making Oldham Mountain Rescue Team the success that it is.”
Lee Allport, one of the deputy team leaders, received a Mountain Rescue England and Wales certificate and OMRT trophy for 25 years service.