New Lidl Newcastle site to include base for Mourne Mountain Rescue Team

Dave Goddard from the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team pictured with Regional director for Lidl in Northern Ireland Conor Boyle. Lidl is providing the team with a free site for new premises beside a proposed new Newcastle store
Gareth McKeown

SUPERMARKET retailer Lidl has confirmed that plans for a new store in Newcastle are to include a base for the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team.

Following extensive engagement and consultation Lidl Northern Ireland has confirmed the Mourne team will be provided with a site, free of charge, on which to build new premises in Newcastle, alongside a proposed new store.

The site, located at Shan Slieve Drive and Bryansford Road, is at the foot of the Mourne Mountains and will offer the voluntary organisation the space they need to develop a new facility which will futureproof the lifesaving service they provide.

Dave Goddard from the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team said the new Co Down base will be of "enormous benefit" to the local area.

“As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations back in 2012, we announced our intention to seek a new base for Mourne Mountain Rescue Team to operate from. When we embarked on exploratory discussions with Lidl last year, we never dreamed that we would now be in a position to drastically improve efficiencies for the team, whilst also being able to interact even more with the local community.”

“This new base will give us the chance to lower our running costs and increase our capabilities to train more people from the local area who want to join the team," he said.

Lidl already have a presence in Newcastle, with a store on the Railway Road in the town. The new development is part of ambitious plans by the retailer to open a dozen new stores in Northern Ireland announced last year.

Regional director for Lidl in Northern Ireland Conor Boyle said he was confident the local rescue team will make "fantastic use of the space on the site and continue to provide a service which benefits the entire local community".

The Mourne Mountain Rescue Team coordinated 44 rescues last year, making them the busiest in the whole of the north.

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