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Fourteen members of Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team have been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. The medals were presented by the Team’s President, John Dunning, on Wednesday 10th October. Along with others involved in public service, such as members of the armed forces and prison services personnel, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal was awarded to emergency services volunteers, including those involved in search and rescue. To be eligible Mountain Rescue Team volunteers had to have completed five full calendar years in a Mountain Rescue Team in February 2012.
The members of Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team who received Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal are: Arthur Littlefair, Michael Saint, Michael Sayer, Richard Tolley, John Andrew, John Davis, Gordon Kay, Kath Dyer, Tanya Mellor, Adrian Cottrell, David Ellis, Frank Gillespie, Sandra Gillespie and Tony Dewes. Arthur Littlefair, Team Leader, commented: “I am very pleased that Mountain Rescue volunteers, who have dedicated their time and energy over many years, should be recognised in this way. Our team members are entirely unpaid and put in many hours of service, not just on call-outs but also on those often forgotten activities of fund-raising, administration and equipment maintenance.”