In 1970, Baildon’s local mountaineer, Ian Clough, took part in the expedition to Annapurna led by Chris Bonington. He was tragically killed by a falling sérac (ice-pillar) on the mountain’s lower slopes. Chris Bonington dedicated his book Annapurna South Face (1971) with the words “To IAN CLOUGH, who gave so much”, and the “Ian Clough Hall” was named in his honour.
In November 1999 a brass plaque was erected in Ian Clough’s memory at Annapurna base camp. The text of the plaque reads:
IN MEMORY OF
MEMBER OF THE 1970 CHRIS BONINGTON EXPEDITION
ANNAPURNA SOUTH FACE
KILLED ON DESCENT IN THE ICE FALL
With the imminent closure of Ian Clough Hall, Baildon Town Council would like to hear from anyone interested in helping them plan a memorial event for Ian Clough. The event date will be in the last week of May 2020 and they are looking for ideas and volunteers. If you are interested, please contact Louanna Winch the Town Clerk on 01274 593169 or via email at Clerk@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk