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Arthur Birtwistle in Grindsbrook, November 1997. His classic Upper Tor Wall (1937) is on...
© Gordon Stainforth
Camera used: Hasselblad 500cm
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What a dear, great man. I think he must be nearly 90 now, but still in fantastically good shape. And I'm sure he won't mind my telling you that he got married again just a couple of years ago (his first wife had died I think at least ten years previously), and he was very happy. He was one of the very ablest rock climbers in the period 1938-50, and when I later asked Joe Brown about him his face lit up. I got the feeling that he respected him possibly the most highly of all his peers.
Gordon Stainforth - 17/Jan/07
What a wonderful photograph - his spirit shines through.
Mick Ward - 23/Feb/07
A lovely shot of what appears to be a lovely man. My namesake.Always wondered as our name is often mispelt with an H. Is Arthur a true Birtwistle? I remember doing Diagonal when it had a reputation and I was around that grade. Bloody scary and totally amazing for the time.Thanks for the photo Gordon i always wondered what he looked like.
andybirtwistle - 26/Aug/07
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