Cockermouth Mountain Rescue 70th Anniversary Community Open Day
June 13, 2023
From 10am until 2pm on Saturday 17th February Cockermouth Mountain Rescue are hosting a community open day at our Base. This is to thank the local area for its unwavering support of the Team over the last 70 years. All are welcome on the day to come and enjoy:
– Rescue simulations,
– A taster climbing wall
– Search dog demonstrations
– Base tours,
– Refreshments and much more…
The Team came in to being on a Monday evening in 1953 at the Central Café on Cockermouth Main Street. Rusty Westmorland, George Fisher and Mike Nixon, members of the existing Keswick MRT, had come to speak to interested mountaineers about the requirement for a new Team that would operate in the western valleys of the Lake District.
Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team is made up entirely from volunteers, operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Team has seen some 250 members in its lifetime, with levels of service ranging from a couple to 63 years.
In its 70-year history, the Team has attended roughly 2900 rescues; a majority being individuals who have sustained injuries or become lost on the fells, there have been exceptions including; the flooding in 2009 and 2015, severe snowfall events, downed aircraft, a plethora of cragfast sheep, a raven and on one occasion a horse stuck in a bog!