Dudley MP Ian Austin will attend the unveiling of a Ben Nevis stone in memorial to Dudley mountaineer and peace campaigner Bert Bissell this Saturday in Buffery Park.
The memorial stone has been organised by the Bert Bissell Memorial Society and Friends of Buffery Park, it will sit alongside a new information board giving details Bert Bissell’s life and achievements.
The stone will be unveiled on Saturday 30th June, 10:45am on Buffery Park, Paradise, Dudley DY2 8SH.
Bert Bissell (1902-1998) was a friend of the Austin family and someone the MP knew well as a child. He lived at Selborne Road and founded the Young Men's Bible Class at Vicar Street in Dudley. He was a probation officer and climbed Ben Nevis on VJ Day in 1945 and many times afterwards, constructing a Peace Cairn at its summit. There is a monument to Bert at Coronation Gardens opposite the Council House.
Austin, alongside members of the Bert Bissell Memorial Society, charity fundraisers and local councillors have taken part in an annual climb of Ben Nevis to raise money for local charities. Since the first one four years ago they have raised tens of thousands of pounds for good causes including Dudley Mind, the YMCA’S Open Door project, Diabetes UK, Guide Dogs and Dudley Alzheimer’s Society.
Ian Austin said:
"I’m delighted to attend this unveiling with members of the Bert Bissell Memorial Society, Friends of Buffery Park, local residents and local councillors.
“It would be great if people who knew Bert from his church, his work with young people or his climbs of Ben Nevis came to Buffery Park on Saturday to be part of this tribute to a great local hero.
"I want to thank Councillor Steve Waltho, the Chair of the Bert Bissell Memorial Society, for organising this brilliant tribute to Bert, and all of the work he does all year round raising money is his memory.
“He was a great friend of my family and I remember him well. He was a legendary figure and an inspiration to so many of us.
“It is really important that we keep the memory of Bert alive so this seems a fitting tribute to the enduring legacy of Bert’s work in the community.”