Search and Rescue team president retires after 25 years of service

President Bob Uttley MBE with Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Sqd Ldr David Dunmore MBE DL RAF
President Bob Uttley MBE with Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Sqd Ldr David Dunmore MBE DL RAF

The Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team’s honorary president Robert (Bob) Uttley MBE has retired from the position he has held since 1994 and handed over the reins to president elect David Whitteron.

A presentation evening was held at The Rescue Post where Bob was presented with the MREW Long Service Certificate by Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Squadron Leader David Dinmore MBE DL RAF.

The CVSRT presidential handover

The CVSRT presidential handover

He was also offered the role of lifetime vice president by CVSRT team leader Ben Carter, which Bob gratefully accepted.

At an earlier presentation, Bob was also awarded a Certificate of Loyal Service in appreciation and recognition of service to Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team by West Yorkshire Police.

The certificate was presented by Chief Superintendent Dickie Whitehead on behalf of Chief Constable Dee Collins. At the same presentation, Mr Whitehead also presented CVSRT with a donation for £2,000, which the team gratefully accepted.

During the evening, invited guests and the team enjoyed tributes to Bob from past team leader Peter Smith OBE and the current team leader Ben Carter, followed by a response from Bob.

The evening concluded with a formal handover of the role and a ceremonial ice axe to president elect, David Whitteron.

Bob Uttley has been a stalwart supporter of the local community for many years with strong connections to various organisations in Todmorden including the choral society, St Mary’s Church Choir and walking groups and is a keen Walsden and Todmorden cricket follower.

Most recently, Bob was awarded the MBE for his services to the community in the Calder Valley and Todmorden.

CVSRT would like to take this opportunity to officially welcome David back into the team and wish him well as our new president.