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Preston Sea Cadets have a go on the climbing wall
Preston Sea Cadets have a go on the climbing wall
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Adventurous visitors scaled new heights at a special open day.

Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue team threw open the doors to its base in Barnacre, Garstang, last Saturday to introduce people to some elements of their work.

The session was part of the national Mountain Rescue England and Wales 2013 Open Days.

The day-long set of activities included a range of demonstrations, activities and displays, including a chance to meet the service’s two specialist dog handlers and their dogs - Iain and Alison Nicholson, who care for dogs Mij and Floss. Mij is a scent discrimination dog and Floss an air scent dog.

Youngsters were also were given a chance to have a go on its seven-metre training climbing wall.

The Bowland building was officially opened last year by His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex at Creamery Industrial Estate, Ray Lane.

Bowland boasts 44 volunteer members and covers north west, central and south Lancashire.

The Bowland team gets called out some 60 to 70 times a year for rescues involving missing walkers, injured people stuck in wild or remote places and to provide assistance to other emergency services.