‘Dream Team’ recognised for service

THEY have been snowed on, rained on and spent nearly three weeks battling moor fires above Tameside and Saddleworth.

But this year’s unprecedented work of Oldham Mountain Rescue Team hasn’t gone unnoticed.

OMRT with Matt and Neil Kelly

Finding some spare time in their hectic schedules hasn’t been easy for the Greenfield-based volunteers.

They even had to ‘rescue’ trainee search dog Dave, who went missing from their Boarshurst Lane base.

But when VIPs came calling, members were in attendance to receive some well-deserved recognition.

Firstly, Neil Evans, Territorial Commander for Oldham, Tameside and Rochdale, presented a certificate of recognition to Team Leader Matt Neild.

And on the same evening, Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Denise Ward, visited the base with consort, Cllr David McNally, to present a certificate of achievement to Mossley based former Team Leader and current chairman Mick Nield.

Mick’s three decades of service with OMRT had already been recognised with the award of an MBE, which he will collect from Buckingham Palace in November.

A busy night saw Steph Pelmore, widow of former OMRT volunteer, Barry Pelmore, present the group with a cheque for £221, proceeds of Community Brew coffee mornings at the Satellite Centre in Greenfield.

And a representative of Middleton Harriers handed over another cheque for £80.

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