Reach For The Topping
Even though a Mr Keith Stubbs has lived in the shadow of Roseberry Topping for 50 years, he never got round to making it up to the summit of the North Yorkshire peak. Aged 71 and suffering from Lambert-Eaton myasthenia syndrome, a rare muscle-wasting disease, the pensioner must have doubted that he would ever get to see the spectacular views from the top for himself. Not so fast. Thanks to the good folk of the Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team, who carried Mr Stubbs up the hill on a stretcher, he has finally made it. “It’s the first time that I’ve been and I was quite taken aback with the view that you get there, it’s absolutely marvellous”, said a delighted Mr Stubbs. A statement from the team added: “The achievement was ‘toasted’ at the top before we adopted our much more familiar practice of carrying him back downhill.” It turns out the members of the team were not just doing a favour but returning one too. For in the past, Mr Stubbs has fundraised for the Search and Rescue Team. Well one good turn does deserve another.