Bonington and Scott enthrall packed hall in Caldbeck

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Over £5000 was raised at a very special Nepalese evening in Caldbeck, Cumbria on Saturday 30th May organised by climber John Porter.

Sir Chris Bonington and Doug Scott were interviewed by mountaineer and journalist Steve Goodwin, enthralling the sell out audience as they looked back fondly over their climbing lives together.

Discussing the Everest 1975 expedition, when Doug became the first Briton the climb Everest, Sir Chris reminisced about the moment he realised that placing Doug in the so called ‘B Team’ for climbers was not perhaps the best decision.  Sir Chris explained that the ‘A’ and ‘B’ Teams were not selected on their mountaineering ability … but on their different personalities…..but the climbers didn’t quite see it that way!

Sir Chris continued the story explaining that he knew early on Doug and Dougal Haston were likely to be his strongest climbing team.

This was just one of the many entertaining stories during the evening, which were accompanied by a stunning selection of images from their great climbs and from Nepal.

The delicious Nepalese dinner prepared by chef Mike Townend and his team featured momos as a starter, chicken curry, cauliflower and potato curry, lentil dahl and rice followed by a fiery rice pudding.

Of course the evening was all about raising funds for CAN’s work in Nepal. Ticket sales, a raffle, an auction of mountain prints, sales of Nepalese goods, book sales by Steve Goodwin and selling ‘doggy bags’ of curry meals have raised approximately £5000 for CAN’s support of remote mountain communities affected by the earthquake.

Many thanks to everyone who helped make  the evening such a success:

Sir Chris Bonington (CAN Patron): giving so generously of his time

John Porter: organiser

Mike Townend / Fiona Ford and catering team: meal

Caldbeck Parish Hall: free use of the hall

Steve Goodwin: doing the  ‘Michael Parkinson role’ and for book sales

CAN volunteers: Nepalese goods sales



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