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Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association members receive medals
8:00am Sunday 23rd September 2012 in News
Medals were in abundance at the Wharfedale Rugby Club in Threshfield when team members of the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association received Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals from their patron, Lord Lieutenant Lord Crathorne.
Two members of the team also found themselves further honoured when, to their surprise, they were called forward to receive 50 year service certificates.
Such is the rarity of these awards from Mountain Rescue England and Wales they have to be specially produced, but Upper Wharfedale has an incredible six serving members who hold this honour.
One of the latest recipients was retired teacher Howard Driver, of Embsay , who is a former chairman of the association and as well as attending call-outs over five decades has also been the warden at their headquarters in Grassington .
His wife, Carolyn, is also a long serving member of the team and she completed a family double when she also received the Jubilee medal And the other 50-year certificate went to Paul Reinsch, also a retired teacher.
He is part of the Reinsch family who have all given many years of service to the team. Both his parents, two brothers and a niece have served with great distinction.
Paul from Greenhow, is also a key member of the very successful Outdoor Club for young people from the age of 10 upwards These youngsters are coached in all forms of outdoor activities and the training includes awards for different levels of achievement.