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Matlock Mayor reaches new heights

October 25, 2013 4:37 PM
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats

David Jones climbs DebaucheryLiberal Democrat Mayor of Matlock, Councillor David Jones, swapped his chain of office for climbing ropes at the weekend when he scaled the heights of Matlock's High Tor to raise awareness and funds for Derby Mountain Rescue Team (DMRT).

High Tor is a sheer vertical face overlooking Matlock Bath and is considered by most climbers to be a serious challenge and Mr. Jones, supported by DMRT member Chris Bagworth, took one of the hardest courses up the rock, a route known as "Debauchery". Mr. Jones, 47, a keen climber who last scaled the route 20 years ago, realised that this was not going to be an easy undertaking.

"This is at the top end of what I can do these days, but it's a brilliant route, one of the best in the country and I'm delighted to have done it" said Mr. Jones. "Derby Mountain Rescue Team gave me a lot of support and luckily I didn't test Chris' patience too much by floundering about. I'm wanting to raise awareness of the work that the team does and raise some money for them. It's not too late for anyone to contribute, so please, please do".

With the unexpected warm weather, many other climbers had headed to the area to practise their sport and were surprised to see a local dignitary, resplendent in suit and tie, posing for the camera at the foot of such a difficult climb. The suit was soon swapped for t-shirt and climbing harness and the challenge was on. Less than two hours later, David emerged triumphant onto the top of the cliff.

The team have regularly been called to incidents on the rock faces in the surrounding area, but luckily on this day, their specialist skills were not required.

A spokesman for DMRT said: "We're really grateful to David for his fantastic support. You don't get many mayors willing and able to do something so extreme. Who knows, perhaps we'll see Boris Johnson bungee jumping next!"

Anyone who wishes to sponsor the David can still do so online at www.justgiving.com/David-Jones63