After 11 years of heading walk, Alan is stepping out

Alan Bruce, right, the retiring  organiser of the Scalby Walk is handing over the running of the popular fundraising event to Jim Sloane. And below, the pair present the proceeds of this year's event to the YMCA's Steve Marsh, centre, with Victoria Wilkinson of the Nag's Head pub and Bob Gibbon of the walk committee.
Alan Bruce, right, the retiring organiser of the Scalby Walk is handing over the running of the popular fundraising event to Jim Sloane. And below, the pair present the proceeds of this year's event to the YMCA's Steve Marsh, centre, with Victoria Wilkinson of the Nag's Head pub and Bob Gibbon of the walk committee.
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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.

Handing over a cheque from Scalby Walk to Scarborough YMCA, from left, Jim Sloane, of Scalby Fair commitee, Alan Bruce, retiring  organiser of the walk committee, Steve Marsh, executive director of the YMCA, Victoria Wilkinson, landlady of the Nag's Head pub, the walk's base, and Bob Gibbon, of the walk committee. The running of the walk next year (on Easter Monday April 1st 2013) will be taken over by the Scalby Fair committee.  Picture by Andrew Higgins   122015b      15/05/12

Handing over a cheque from Scalby Walk to Scarborough YMCA, from left, Jim Sloane, of Scalby Fair commitee, Alan Bruce, retiring organiser of the walk committee, Steve Marsh, executive director of the YMCA, Victoria Wilkinson, landlady of the Nag's Head pub, the walk's base, and Bob Gibbon, of the walk committee. The running of the walk next year (on Easter Monday April 1st 2013) will be taken over by the Scalby Fair committee. Picture by Andrew Higgins 122015b 15/05/12

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.”