Friends, family and guests from the climbing world attended what was a very successful lecture from Chris Brown MBE, the tenth Britain to have scaled the Seven Summits – the highest peaks on each continent.
On the 12th May Preston Park Museum and Grounds hosted the event to mark what would have been Joe Tasker’s 70th birthday. Mountain Heritage Trust Vice Chair Teresa Tasker and Boardman Tasker Trustee Paul Tasker began the evening with a talk on the activities of their respective charities and an extract from Savage Arena, Joe Tasker’s book published just after he went missing with Peter Boardman on Everest in 1982. Joe’s sister Mary McCourt also read a moving poem from his mother, Betty Tasker.
This was followed by an inspirational lecture by Chris Brown, with slides showing his adventures during the years he made the climbs on the Seven Summits as well long distance running and cycling challenges to raise funds for Claro Enterprises, a charity providing employment and long term support for sufferers of mental ill health. This is a charity that he founded to provide employment and long term support for sufferers of mental ill health. His references to being inspired by Joe Tasker were a poignant reminder to the family of how great a climbing legend Joe had become. The talk was at full capacity and the evening a great success.
Mountain Heritage Trust would like to extend their thanks to both Chris Brown and Preston Park Museum and Grounds for supporting the event.
Our Heritage Lottery Funded exhibition on pioneering mountaineer, writer, thinker, photographer and filmmaker Joe Tasker continues at Preston Park Museum and Grounds until the 24th June 2018. Find out more information here.