THE proximity of the Peak District National Park has long been a magnet for serious climbers and many of the sport’s biggest names have settled in Sheffield.
Now that link is being recognised by Kane Yeardley, owner of the newly-refurbished Broadfield Ale House in Abbeydale Road, which was once renowned as a climbers’ pub.
He has teamed up with climber Jerry Moffatt who dominated the sport in the 1980s and 90s and launched the UK’s first indoor climbing centre, The Foundry in Mowbray Street.
Tonight (January 26) they are celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Foundry with a party at the Broadfield. The event will also launch a regular Thursday ‘climbing night’ at the pub.
Part of the celebration will feature a series of photographs of some of the world’s greatest climbers in action on the Peak District’s most challenging rock faces.
The signed photos will later be auctioned in aid of homeless and mountain rescue charities.
“Thursday is the night for climbers,” says Kane. “They like to go out and have a drink, then stay in on Friday so they’re really sharp for going to the peaks on Saturday and Sunday.
“The Broady was always known as a climbers’ pub and we want to get back to being the place where climbers can come and meet up.”
Food will be served until 10.30pm each Thursday and there will be a free pint for climbers to go with their meal.
Kane also plans to install two Beastmaker training boards so the pub can stage a weekly climbing competition.
Tonight’s celebration runs from 9pm to 2am and is expected to attract big names from the climbing world including Ron Fawcett, Rob Carrington, Steve McClure, Ben Moon and Johnny Dawes.
The framed photographs will be on display and are due to be auctioned next month.