In June 1990 Ben Stephenson of Broom Heath Lane was preparing for an expedition to Spitsbergen, an island in the Svalbard archipelago, which lies inside the Arctic circle some 355 off the northern coast of Norway.
Ben, who was studying natural sciences at Cambridge, was joining three other students in July to carry out geological mapping of the island as part of his course. Prior to going to University, Ben was a student at Tarporley High School.
Left to right, the photograph shows Ben with team members Peter Webb and Katrine Astley and their Scottish fishing boat, Flossie, that was adapted to store their supplies for the two month trip. The stores included riffles in case of attack by a hungry polar bear!
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