Trib­utes to moun­tain res­cue ‘gi­ant’

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

TRIB­UTES have been paid fol­low­ing the death of a man who ded­i­cated 50 years to moun­tain res­cue.

Bux­ton Moun­tain Res­cue plays a huge part in pro­vid­ing emer­gency as­sis­tance and sup­port­ing the emer­gency ser­vices across Mac­cles­field and the Peaks.

Ian Hurst, who was hon­orary pres­i­dent and in­volved in count­less oper­a­tions, died on Wed­nes­day, March 22.

He spent decades im­prov­ing res­cue oper­a­tions lo­cally and na­tion­ally and in 2013 was awarded an MBE for his ser­vices to moun­tain res­cue from the Queen.

Pay­ing trib­ute a spokesman for BMRT said: “Ian’s life has been ded­i­cated to the ser­vice of oth­ers and, as a vol­un­teer, he has never been re­warded with, nor wished for, pay­ment for any of his work.

“He will long be re­mem­bered for his ded­i­ca­tion to help­ing peo­ple in dis­tress in our re­mote ar­eas and for his con­tri­bu­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of moun­tain res­cue over a pe­riod of 50 years. His depth of knowl­edge, vast ex­pe­ri­ence and his cheer­ful face will be sadly missed.”

Ian was a mem­ber of BMRT for 26 years but be­fore that was in­volved with the Peak Dis­trict Moun­tain Res­cue or­gan­i­sa­tion in nearly ev­ery ca­pac­ity.

He later played a role in de­vel­op­ing moun­tain res­cue na­tion­ally as a trustee of Moun­tain Res­cue Eng­land and Wales and co-wrote a book about BMRT.

Ian Hurst (left) re­ceiv­ing a 50 years long ser­vice award in 2013 from Peak Dis­trict Moun­tain Res­cue pres­i­dent David Cole­man

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