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Peter A. Standing (1947-2019)

Peter Standing died back in November.

He started caving with the Gloucester SS in the Forest of Dean and went on to the University of Bristol where he was prominent in the UBSS explorations of the Little Neath River Cave. He was a doctor when he joined the Ghar Parau expedition, and practiced as a GP in Bury until retiring to Morecambe Bay, whence he took a new degree in Geography at Lancaster University, studied the area's karst and glacial erratics, joined the Red Rose CPC, and was very active in promoting interest in the area: the latest edition of Arnside and Silverdale AONB Landscape Trust's magazine, Keer to Kent, has an appreciation.

He was also a prominent climber and fellwalker  [https://rucksackclub.org/2019/11/25/peter-standing/] and covered most of Britain, some idea of which is given by his photos on https://www.geograph.org.uk/profile/5210 which tie in with a rather esoteric interest in the OS National Grid [ http://www.geograph.org.uk/article/In-Search-of-OV0000 ]. He gave many talks, such as https://www.evensi.uk/talk-50-shades-grey-limesto?/247114985 etc...

Amongst his lesser known achievements is the inadvertent introduction of Dick Willis to caving...
 

Pitlamp

Well-known member
Thanks for posting that Martin; I don't think I ever met him but I certainly knew of him because I remember all the excitement at my own club when I was just a child and the Ghar Parau expedition preparations were in full swing.

Your post includes these words:

" . . . until retiring to Morecambe Bay, whence he took a new degree in Geography at Lancaster University, studied the area's karst and glacial erratics, joined the Red Rose CPC, and was very active in promoting interest in the area".

Can anyone point us at any useful written accounts by Peter of his studies of the Morecambe Bay karst?



 

rhychydwr1

Active member
Peter Standing on the Morecambe Bay Karst

Is this what your are looking for?

https://www.arnsidesilverdaleaonb.org.uk/uploads/2016/04/rocks_soils.pdf

I knew Peter from his UBSS days.  RIP Peter.
 

Mr Dinwiddy

Member
Try this:
Standing P, 2011. The emplacement of erratics in grikes;a study of the limestone pavements of the Arnside and Silverdale AONB (abstract). Cave and Karst Science , 38, 102
 

mrodoc

Well-known member
Pete Standing's list of medical equipment for Ghar Parau was helpful to me when sorting out material for the Iran '77 trip. He was an inveterate traveler.  I remember him lecturing at a CRO meeting some years ago with his numerous superb slides taken all over the world.  He wrote periodically for medical magazines as well. It was a bit strange to find he had retired to Arnside. My late grandfather, a pathologist, similarly retired to Arnside and indirectly inspired me to go caving. We spent some time searching out the cave on Arnside Knott when I started and visited several others in the area.
 

TheBitterEnd

Well-known member
Pitlamp said:
Thanks for posting that Martin; I don't think I ever met him but I certainly knew of him because I remember all the excitement at my own club when I was just a child and the Ghar Parau expedition preparations were in full swing.

Your post includes these words:

" . . . until retiring to Morecambe Bay, whence he took a new degree in Geography at Lancaster University, studied the area's karst and glacial erratics, joined the Red Rose CPC, and was very active in promoting interest in the area".

Can anyone point us at any useful written accounts by Peter of his studies of the Morecambe Bay karst?

I met him once or twice and have a PDF copy of his master's dissertation if it's of any interest. He also produced a number of Arnside and Silverdale AONB and Landscape Trust publications e.g.
https://shop.landscapetrust.org.uk/product-category/booklets/geology/
 

Pitlamp

Well-known member
TheBitterEnd said:
Actually, it just came to mind IIRC, he was on the BCRA field meeting to Whitbarrow in 2015.

Ah - in that case, I must have met him then! That was a good day out, led by Mr Murphy.

(I'll send you a PM separately.)

 
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