How it all began
Sir Edmund Hillary's conquest of Everest in May 1953 was the news story of that year. Later, pictures of Hillary and Tenzing's famous climb to 29,002ft were displayed in Cyril Wilson's shop window in Lytham. They helped to create an unprecedented interest in mountaineering and the prospect of Outdoor adventure.
Local people who enjoyed visiting the Lakes - often travelling, via three buses for camping weekends - mooted the idea of forming an official rambling club.
Above is the letter that was circulated throughout Lytham St Annes and surrounding district in late 1953 and January 1954 urging all those with an interest in rambling to come forward:
The First Meeting
The idea for a local rambling club was the inspiration of Cyril Wilson, who ran a photographic shop in Lytham.
Dennis Cross, a founder member, recalls: "I took my films into Cyril Wilson for developing and processing and when he saw pictures of the Lakes and local fells, he said he intended to form a local rambling club and would I like to join."
There were 32 people present at the inaugural meeting on February 1, 1954 when Mr Wilson was unanimously elected chairman.
Mr Wilson said he wanted the club to cater for all tastes in walking. Walks would be graded, depending on their difficulty. There would be walks to local fells and monthly visits to the Lake District or Yorkshire Dales.
The first officials were: secretary, Miss A.M. Hands; treasurer, Miss R. Gill; press representatives, Mr E. Miller and Miss P. Cross; committee, Miss Jean Watson, Miss J. Knowles, Miss Barbara Stevenson, Mr A. Morgan and Mr J. M. Tavernor.
The membership fee was set at 5/- per person and 3/-6d for juniors. In May 1954 Cyril Wilson became president and Dennis Cross chairman.