Mountain resuce founder recognised

Ken McCubbin (left) receives his award from Simon Steere
Ken McCubbin (left) receives his award from Simon Steere

The efforts of Galloway Mountain Rescue Team’s longest serving – and founder – member have been recognised at a national awards ceremony.

Newton Stewart’s Ken McCubbin was handed the prestigious Distinguished Service award at the biannual UK and Ireland Mountain Rescue Gathering 2014 in Aviemore.

He gratefully accepted the honour from Simon Steer, chairman of the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland.

Kenhas held his position as depute team leader from 1975 until he was appointed team leader in 1985. He later took on the role of chairman from 1997 until 2000 and has been a search manager and committee member from the beginning.

He is currently radio officer, a role which is considerably more technologically advanced than it was in 1975.

Mike McCann, GMRT team leader said: “Ken’s ongoing role as mentor and advisor to every team member is testimony to his popularity and strength of character. He’s as active now as he was 39 years ago when he attended the team’s very first call-out, and he remains to this day one of the most frequent attendees of search and rescue incidents across Dumfries and Galloway and South Ayrshire; and when requested in other areas of the country. We are proud to call him a Galloway Mountain Rescue Team member of Galloway Mountain Rescue, but more significantly, we are all honoured to regard him as our friend.

See www.gallowaymrt.org.uk for more.