Volume 46 Number 1 Article 2
29th November 2008
At twelve noon on a superb sunny, but rather chilly day, a party of about twenty-five of us left Bullpot Farm with Jim's ashes. We were on our way to consign them to Top Sinks as he had requested. This is to be his last caving expedition, a through trip to Leck Beck Head, the culmination of a lifetime of caving achievements.
The Red Rose, Northern Pennine, Craven and Bradford Pothole Clubs were all represented. At Top Sinks, Tom Sykes, a friend of Jim’s from the inception of the Red Rose and now our longest serving member, gave a short address to those assembled before Jim’s ashes were distributed. Not all the ashes were spread here. Bert Bradshaw had a prior agreement with Jim, no doubt formulated in the New Inn over a glass or two, to have their ashes spread at a favoured picnicking place lower down the Gill, there they could be together in perpetuity.
Here Bert also gave a tribute to his long standing friend from the early explorations of Ease Gill Caverns, let us hope it is quite some time before their friendship is reunited at this place.
When I joined the club in the mid fifties Jim was our charismatic leader and President. Although a novice he never treated me like one, if you pulled you weight you were accepted on equal terms, well almost. He was also great company entertaining us in the pub after a trip. I, and no doubt many people, like me, will treasure memories of Jim and remember with pleasure the friendship feely given and a life lived to the full that we can only envy.
Friends gather at Top Sink, Easegill, to remember Jim. Photo: Bev Stevens