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Saturday, 07 March 2015

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Public meeting held over Blencathra sale

A public meeting has been held to discuss a campaign to buy a mountain.

Members of the Friends of Blencathra movement spoke about their hopes to purchase the iconic Lakeland peak in front of an audience of nearly 100 people.

Lord Lonsdale has put the mountain, also known as Saddleback, up for sale to pay a £9m inheritance tax bill.

Cumbrian mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington is the honorary president of the movement.

He told the meeting: "We the people who love the Lake District and love the mountains can share the ownership of this very special mountain."

The meeting was held at Rheged, near Penrith.

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