Mountain rescue team aims to have 1,000 witches on top of Pendle Hill

Pendle Hill. A50310/3b
Pendle Hill. A50310/3b
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If you’re stranded up a hill when the weather is bad or you’ve had an accident while out walking, Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team are there 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week to come and help you.

They’ll go anywhere from the wilds of the East Pennine moors to the paths and tracks of our country parks, from Bacup to Bury, Rishton to Rochdale, Clitheroe to Colne. Because the team is so busy they have outgrown their base in Haslingden and now need to raise more than £500,000 for a new one to enable them to continue their lifesaving work in the community.

You could help them achieve their goal by joining a sponsored walk on Saturday June 11th on Pendle Hill. The team is hoping to get 1,000 people dressed as witches on top of the hill and local band “Steeros” will be providing live entertainment with covers from the Police, Manic Street Preachers, U2 and Oasis plus a DJ – before the team guides everyone back down the hill.

All the proceeds will go to the new base appeal so the more people who take part the better. The event starts at 9 a.m. from Barley Village, at the foot of Pendle Hill, and there’s a prize for the best witch’s costume on the day.

To take part you can either download an entry form from the team’s website ( or ring Alwyn Hayes on 07957 758327 for more details.