Best foot forward at walk

Alien Cathy Rowe making bubbles before the Scallby Walk 2012. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121501r 09/04/12
Alien Cathy Rowe making bubbles before the Scallby Walk 2012. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121501r 09/04/12

SPRING showers failed to dampen the spirits of fundraisers yesterday, as scores of people set off on the traditional Scalby Walk.

More than 100 participants put their best foot forward for the 53rd annual walk, which this year was raising money for the Scarborough YMCA.

Thomas Hill, left, hunts down foxy John Barton at the Scallby Walk 2012. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121501t 09/04/12

Thomas Hill, left, hunts down foxy John Barton at the Scallby Walk 2012. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121501t 09/04/12

An eclectic mix of characters and costumes filled the route, with a family of aliens marching alongside a fox and Little Britain’s Lou and Andy, on the near-seven-mile trek.

The race started and finished at the Nag’s Head, in High Street, with thirsty walkers stopping at the Three Jolly Sailors in Burniston, the Red Lion and the Blacksmith’s Arms in Cloughton and the Oak Wheel in Burniston.

Upon arrival, the beers were already lined up for participants. However, soft drinks were also on hand for those who couldn’t face an early-morning bevy!

Walk secretary Alan Bruce said: “The whole thing is a good, fun, family day out.” He added it was his last year in charge.

Landlady Vicky ? ,centre, with Team Nags Head, outside her pub before the Scallby Walk 2012. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121501x 09/04/12

Landlady Vicky ? ,centre, with Team Nags Head, outside her pub before the Scallby Walk 2012. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121501x 09/04/12

Under his stewardship, the walk has raised just under £30,000 for local charities, and the number of participants has risen strongly after a lull a few years ago.

Mr Bruce said that this year, 92 people had pre-registered to take part, with dozens more turning up on the day.

Among those taking part were 74-year-old Jean Beaver and her husband Brian, 77.

Mrs Beaver, from Newby, said: “We’ve been doing this for the last 40 years.

“We’ve missed the odd one or two, but we just really enjoy doing it.”

Along with their family, the pensioners were dressed as green aliens. Last year they took part dressed as Smurfs.

Mr Beaver added: “The whole family come up for the walk.

“We have family come over from Bradford, and up from Oxfordshire.

“They even come over from Ireland for it.

“They all come to stay for Easter, and this is the highlight for them.”

Friends Liz Forbes-Browne and Joanne Rowe are race veterans, and this year they delighted onlookers by going as sitcom stars Lou and Andy.

Joanne joked: “This is our third year doing the walk, and every time we use some type of vehicle just to carry our supplies!”

Nags Head landlady Victoria Wilkinson, who was also taking part in the walk, said: “It’s a huge thing in Scalby, and it’s a great tradition.”