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E. W. Winstanley

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IN tribute to Eric William Winstanley (VR, November 17, 2012, vol 171, p 509) David B. L. George writes: Eric Winstanley was born in Bolton in 1931, the son of a railway clerk, and he was a Lancastrian through and through. He was raised within cheering distance of Burnden Park, the then home of Bolton Wanderers – the team he supported all his life. He was fortunate to have supported them when they were more successful than they currently are, his idol being the legendary England centre forward, Nat Lofthouse.

Eric attended the local grammar school, where he excelled both academically and on the sports field. While at school, he joined a mountaineering club and spent many happy hours hiking and climbing in the Lake District and Scotland. His love of the mountains led to him becoming a member of the Ben Nevis Mountain Rescue Team and one of his most treasured possessions was a letter from the father of a climber whom Eric had been instrumental in saving. Another indication of his attachment to mountains was that he became a keen and accomplished skier.

On leaving school, Eric served his period of national service in the RAF, where he …

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