Half century of rescue marked in Braemar

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Aberdeen Mountain Rescue Team have celebrated their half century with an informal dinner at the Bothy in

Braemar.

Former and current members were invited to the event on Friday, September 26, celebrating 50 years of selfless search and rescue.

Members met up at the Derry Bothy and a had a day in the hills.

Despite the decades that separated team members there was a great atmosphere and many stories and recollections from the past were told and retold.

Bill Marshall, who was the first team leader back in 1964, gave some interesting insights into their origins and recalled some of the struggles and obstacles, mostly financial, which had to be overcome to get them up and running.

The Saturday saw several former team members joining current ones at the Derry for a day on the hill. The weather was kind and a great day out was had by all.

Mario DiMaio, former team leader, said: “Although in principle this was a simple idea, perhaps not unsurprisingly it turned out to be quite difficult to organise.

“Tracking down former members who have passed through the ranks of the organisation over the past five decades proved something of a challenge and we were delighted that we managed to get in touch with so many.

“There is no doubt that in the 50 years it has been in existence there have been many changes, but the spirit of former members lives on and is embodies in the new generation of rescuers who make up the ranks of the current team.

“We parted company vowing to meet again to celebrate the 60th anniversary!

Dawn MacKinnon, chair of Aberdeen and St John Mountain Rescue Association, said: “We would like to thank Colin and his staff at the Bothy, who provided an excellent meal in a perfect setting. It was lovely to see so many former members there and hear their stories”.

“We will finish off our anniversary year with a ceilidh at the Hilton Treetops in Aberdeen on Saturday, November 1, with dancing to Ceolmohr. For further details see http://amrt.org.uk/News-AMRT-50th-Anniversary-Ceilidh.”