Rescue heroes awarded Queen’s Jubilee Medals

'Wonderful': Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team in action, above, and, below, receiving their medals from the Lord Lieutenant.
'Wonderful': Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team in action, above, and, below, receiving their medals from the Lord Lieutenant.
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BY Royal appointment!

Members of the Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team have been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

The medal, which was presented by the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire David Moody, is awarded to members of the emergency and armed services who have given continuous service of a minimum of five years and recognises their hard work and dedication.

The 19 team members who were eligible have given a total service to mountain rescue of more than 500 years – and two members have served 48 years each.

Joining the Lord Lieutenant and team members for the ceremony at their Hepworth headquarters were a host of local dignitaries including Angela Smith, MP for Stocksbridge and Penistone, Mayor of Penistone Harry Barron and Chief Superintendent Andy Brooke.

Founding member and Team Chairman Barry Gregory MBE, who has given 48 years service, said the team were delighted with the award.

He said: “it was a very proud moment for us all.

“We don’t join Mountain Rescue to be rewarded because we do it to help people and that is rewarding enough.

“However, it is nice to be recognised for the work we do in the community.”

Angela Smith MP praised the team as ‘truly wonderful’ and said they thoroughly deserved the award.

She said: “Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team whole-heartedly deserve these medals for the amazing work they do rescuing people, in all weathers and mostly during the darkest hours of the day.

“And, to think they do it as volunteers, with absolutely no funding, is truly wonderful and a medal is the least they deserve.”