New Pennine Way kissing gate helps Teesdale Lions mark Milestone

6th December 2017

A new kissing gate has been installed on the Pennine Way in Teesdale to help mark the centenary of Lions Club International.

Clubs across the world were challenged to deliver legacy projects in their communities and, in Teesdale, Jeff Dobson, 2016/17 president, was keen to support the work of the the Friends of the North Pennines Trust.

Following a presentation by the Trustee chair, David Fruin, Teesdale and District Lions Club decided to install a new kissing gate on the Pennine Way. The new gate is located at a point where the path bypasses the remote Widdybank Farm, in Upper Teesdale, and last week Lions members braved the weather to inspect the new addition.

Bob Garton, of Teesdale Lions, said: “Like Captain Scott at the Pole, the party lingered long enough for a few cursory photographs, and admired the ceremonial plaque that is attached to the gate, and then fled back to the warmth of the Reserve Resources Centre for tea and coffee and reflection.

“We would like to thank the Friends of the North Pennines Trust for facilitating the location of the gate. We hope it will help people gain access to this remote and wonderful corner of Britain.”

The Teesdale Lions memorial gate was provided through the 'Donate a Gate' Scheme which the Friends of the North Pennines run on the Pennine Way. If you'd like to find out more about the scheme, or wish to donate a gate yourself, there is more information here

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Widdy Bank Gate - Durham County Council
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