On May 8th 2010 several members of the PWA including Trevor Hardy, Bill Button, Doug Moffatt and Bill Gallon will be up on the Border Fence placing a memorial plaque on the refuge at Yearning Saddle in memory of our President, John Weatherall, who died in 2008. It is hoped that we will be joined by John’s widow Teresa. All members of the PWA are invited to join us and initially we would be grateful if others who would like to be there can let one of the Committee know so that transport can be arranged if necessary.
The plaque states:
In Memory of John Weatherall
(1927 – 2008)
Founder Member and Former President
of the Pennine Way Association.
The group will also be joined on the day by members of the Ramblers Assocation where John was active, and by members of the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team as John was the Leader for many years in the 1960s and 1970s. It was during this time, as a member of that team, that I and many others got to know him well and where he gained our respect for the way he carried out his duties.
John was also the Footpath Officer for NCC for many years where, often in difficult circumstances, he led the way into the improvement to rights of way in the county from which many of us benefit today.
This is the second time that we have acknowledged the efforts of our past Presidents as we also erected a plaque to John’s predecessor Ken Willson on the new bridge over Maize Beck between Cauldron Snout and High Cup Nick.