Band, Cooksey and Gregory in New Year Honours List

by Mick Ryan – George Band George Band received an OBEfor his services to mountaineering and charity in today´s New Year Honours list Born in 1929, George Band was the youngest person on the 1953 Everest expedition. In 1955, Band and Joe Brown made the first ascent of Kangchenjunga 8,586m (28,160 feet). He has been president of the Alpine Club and the British Mountaineering Council. His books include, Road to Rakaposhi and in 2003, Everest 50 Years on Top of the World. In 2007 he wrote Summit, a book celebrating 150 years of the Alpine Club. George is currently Chairman of the Himalayan Trust (UK). Members of the Order of the British Empire were awarded to two climbers for their services to mountain rescue. Dr. Albert Roy Cooksey received an MBE for his voluntary service to the Coniston Mountain Rescue Team in Cumbria as did Barry David Gregory for his voluntary service to Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire.