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Members of the group hoping to buy a Lake District fell will be on hand at the weekend to answer people's questions about their campaign.
The Friends of Blencathra want to buy the mountain, which is being sold by its owner to help pay off an inheritance tax bill. They've organised a public meeting at the Reghed Centre on Saturday afternoon.
A campaign to buy a Cumbrian fell has been boosted by the region's most famous mountaineer.
Sir Chris Bonington has agreed to become honorary president of the Friends of Blencathra group. It's trying to raise £1.75 to buy the mountain from The Earl of Lonsdale.
Kim Inglis has been to see Sir Chris to find out why he's decided to give his support.
Local mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington has agreed to become honorary president of the Friends of Blencathra.
The action group, set up to buy the iconic Lake District fell when it was put up for sale at the beginning of May, recently applied for the land to be made a community asset.
If successful the Friends of Blencathra would become the preferred buyer and have six months to raise the £1.75 million need for the sale.
Bonington thinks it's a fundamental thing that the community have come together to buy the fell.
An action group, set up to help locals buy Blencathra, have applied to Eden District Council for the land to be marked as a community asset.
If successful, the Friends of Blencathra group will become the preferred buyer for the mountain and have six months to raise the £1.75 million needed to buy the landmark.
But, the decision on it's community asset status wont be made until the night before final bids are made.
Over 2,000 people have already pledged between £10 and £10,000 pounds to buy a Cumbrian mountain and set up a trust to look after it.
Blencathra was put on the market by the Earl of Lonsdale, Lord Lowther, who is having to raise funds to pay a £9 million inheritance tax bill.
Debbie Cosgrove set up a social media campaign to raise some of the £1.75 million needed for the purchase.
Kim Inglis reports:
A social media campaign has begun to encourage local people to pledge money to buy a Cumbrian mountain.
Blencathra near Keswick has been put on the market for £1.75 million pounds by the Earl of Lonsdale. He needs to raise money to pay an inheritance tax bill.
More than 2000 people have already made pledges after Debbie Cosgrove, from Cockermouth, started the campaign to buy it:
Over 2000 people have now pledged to donate money to buy Blencathra and set up a trust.
The Earl of Lonsdale Hugh Lowther has put the northern fell on the market for £1.75 million to raise funds for a £9 million inheritance tax bill.
Pledges range from £10 to £10,000 at the moment.
A woman from Cumbria is calling on locals to back her plan to buy Blencathra.
Debbie Cosgrove is asking the people of Cumbria to pledge their support to the Friends of Blencathra organisation, who hope to buy the landmark for the people of the region.
In the past forty-eight hours over six hundred people have pledged ten pounds each to the cause.
The mountain went up for sale on Monday for £1.75million.
An iconic mountain in the Lake District has gone on sale.
Blencathra, known as 'Saddleback' due to it's shape, is being sold by the Lord of Lonsdale. Included in the sale is a Lord title and a Coat of Arms.
Lisa Cooke had this report.
The Earl of Lonsdale explains his reasons for selling Blencathra and John Robson, Managing Director of H&H Land & Property told ITV Border what he thinks: