BEG pointing in right direction

Sir Michael Strang-Steel, Roger Hemming and Graham Anderson at the unveiling on Sunday
Sir Michael Strang-Steel, Roger Hemming and Graham Anderson at the unveiling on Sunday

BORDERS Exploration Group (BEG) celebrated its 20th anniversary by unveiling a toposcope at the summit of Ruberslaw.

The stainless steel information dial identifies the numerous hills visible from the top and indicates the direction of the 15 countries visited, or to be visited, by BEG.

Since its inception 20 years ago, more than 400 16-25-year-olds and some 100 volunteer adult leaders have visited more than 15 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.

One of BEG’s founder members, Roger Hemming, who led the inaugural expedition to Lesotho in 1993, said: “We try in a short time to learn as much about the country as possible and, particularly important, its culture.”

The trips include work on community-based, adventure, science and environmental and social projects.

The toposcope was designed by Graham Anderson and the project cost in the region of £1,300.

Patron Sir Michael Strang-Steel, who did the unveiling, said: “BEG gives young people a wonderful opportunity to travel abroad and develop leadership qualities.”