Best foot foward at the 56th annual Scalby Walk

Having their drinks at The Nags Head; (l-r) Joanne Rowe and Liz Forbes-Browne from Scarborough. HARRY ATKINSON.YRN-150604-114039016
Having their drinks at The Nags Head; (l-r) Joanne Rowe and Liz Forbes-Browne from Scarborough. HARRY ATKINSON.YRN-150604-114039016

A misty start failed to dampen the spirits of fundraisers today, as scores of people set off on the traditional Scalby Walk.

More than 80 participants put their best foot forward for the 56th annual walk, which was this year raising money for the Scalby Village Trust.

The Brennan, Oxford, Wright and Beaver families dress as pirates.  HARRY ATKINSON YRN-150604-113936016

The Brennan, Oxford, Wright and Beaver families dress as pirates. HARRY ATKINSON YRN-150604-113936016

An eclectic mix of characters and costumes filled the route, with a family of pirates marching alongside the Mad Hatter and the March Hare on the near-seven-mile trek.

The race started and finished at the Nag’s Head, in High Street, with thirsty walkers stopping at Scarborough Rugby Club, the Red Lion and the Blacksmith’s Arms, in Cloughton, and the Three Jolly Sailors 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 half pint.

Tony Peers, who has started the race for the past 20 years, said: “It’s fabulous because it’s one of those quirky village traditions that happens every year. It is wonderful to see people coming out for charity with some brilliant costumes. We always get a good turnout and people have done this walk in all kinds of weather - from hailstones to snow.”

Walkers gather and set off at The Nags Head in Scalby. HARRY ATKINSON YRN-150604-114145016

Walkers gather and set off at The Nags Head in Scalby. HARRY ATKINSON YRN-150604-114145016

Mr Peers said that this year, 87 people had registered to take part, with dozens more turning up on the day.

Among those joining in were 80-year-olds Brain Beaver and Maureen Collingworth, from Newby, who haven’t missed a walk for 40 years.

Mr Beaver said: “I really enjoy it. It’s good fun - Easter Monday wouldn’t be the same without it.”

Friends Liz Forbes-Browne and Joanne Rowe are race veterans, and this year they delighted onlookers by going as Shrek and Princess Fiona

While it was the first time for photographer Andrew Higgins.

He said: “After pointing my camera for 23 years for a well-known local newspaper, I thought I would give it a go.”

Mr Higgins was taking part with his partner Emma Drabble and her family.

Ms Drabble, whose father Freddie has been a race champion 17 times, said: “My dad isn’t doing it this year as he has a back injury. As a family we felt we should follow in his footsteps and do it for him. Between us we are trying to retain the title!”

Organised by the Scalby Fair Committee, the walk raises cash for a different charity or organisation each year.

Last year Scalby Football Club and Scalby Cricket Club benefited from a £1,300 donation, while £1,650 was presented to Ellie’s Fund Brain Tumour Trust in 2013.

All the sponsor money raised at this year’s event will go towards the Scalby Village Trust, which is currently working on a project to convert the Temperance Hall into business units.