Diamond days for Gloucestershire Mountaineering Club

Posted by Tony Ryan on 28/10/2015

Gloucestershire may not have any mountains but the county’s mountaineering club is about to celebrate its 60th anniversary with a record number of members, and invites former members to join the celebrations.

The Gloucestershire Mountaineering Club (GMC) is holding a celebration dinner and Ceilidh for its diamond anniversary on Saturday 21 November 2015. The club is keen to hear from former members who would like to join the celebrations, as well as to provide photos and written stories from the club’s past which can be added to the club’s archives.

The GMC was founded in 1955 by a small, determined group of hill and mountain lovers. It has seen many changes over the last 60 years but its commitment to supporting members in pursuing outdoor activities remains constant and it now has some 150 members who regularly participate in climbing, walking and mountain biking. In 2012 the club was awarded a £50,000 National Lottery grant from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Olympic and Paralympic legacy fund to extend and refurbish its facilities in Snowdonia, which provide low cost accommodation in one of the key areas for the sport in the UK.

“60 years since it was established the club is in great shape due to our strong, active and welcoming membership ably backed up by a hardworking committee,” said David Pillow, GMC Chairman. “We hope that some of our former members living in the area will get in touch and join us in celebrating 60 years in the mountains.”

Any former members who would like to attend the dinner or provide information about past activities are invited to email annualdinner@hotmail.com by 7 November or contact the club via its website: www.thegmc.org.uk

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