THE organiser of Scarborough’s popular Scalby Walk, who has helped to raise more than £30,000 for local causes, is stepping down.
For the past 12 years Alan Bruce has been secretary, treasurer and organisers of the annual event which each year attracts scores of participants.
He took over the role when the former Scalby Walk committee were planning to axe the event, and has kept it going ever since.
Mr Bruce said: “I have really enjoyed my time, and always said I would take the event through to its 50th anniversary.
“However being organiser, secretary and treasurer I told myself it was time I made it my last year and took back my Easter weekends.
“I have very mixed feelings about leaving, but I am delighted that we have people in place to take over the running of the committee so the event can continue.”
Taking Mr Bruce’s place will be Jim Sloane with support from the Scalby Walk Committee.
This year, which was the 53rd Walk, also saw the event move from The Plough Inn, which closed, to the Nag’s Head in Scalby.
Landlady Victoria Wilkinson has also pledged her promised to support the event in future years.
Mr Bruce is bidding farewell to the annual walk on a high after raising a total of £2,250 through this year’s walk, which was held as always on Easter Monday. The proceeds this year have been donated to Scarborough’s YMCA.
Mr Bruce said: “I am a big supported of the YMCA personally so I was delighted to be able to raise money for them in my final year. Thank you to all those kind people who contributed either by donation, participating or the raffle.”