It’s on your marks for 55th Scalby Walk

131401c Birthday girl Sophie Combes with her family and friends taking part in this year's Scalby Walk, from the Nag's Head Inn pub.  Photo by Andrew Higgins    01/04/2013
131401c Birthday girl Sophie Combes with her family and friends taking part in this year's Scalby Walk, from the Nag's Head Inn pub. Photo by Andrew Higgins 01/04/2013
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People are being encouraged to sign up for the 55th annual Scalby Walk which is set to take place on Easter Monday.

The event is a highlight of the village calendar each year and raises thousands for local charities and good causes.

Organiser Jim Sloan said: “As usual the walk is on Easter Monday, which this year is April 21.

“All surplus proceeds will be donated to Scalby Football Club and Scalby Cricket Club, who are raising funds to improve the facilities and the access via Carr Lane.”

The walk starts at 10.30am from the Nag’s Head in Scalby and follows a seven-mile route Scalby to Cloughton with the participants required to drink a half pint of beer or a soft drink in four pubs en route.

Jim continued: “It attracts both serious and fun walkers and fancy dress is seriously encouraged!

“We are hoping for another good turnout last year we had 150 walkers. It is a great day and people have a lot of fun, there is an all-day BBQ and music in Scalby.”

The entry fee is £10 per person and £5 for juniors aged 14 to 18 years. Forms are available from the Nag’s Head.

Prizes for the best fancy dress will be given out on the day, with the results and presentation at 4pm.

The background to the walk stretches back more than half a century to 1959.

It started as a result of a bet in The Plough, Scalby, that Mr Sparks, a well-known local character, could walk the course and have a drink in each pub he passed faster that some of the young men in the village could drive.

Legend has it that he won and the Scalby Walk was born.

Walkers will start from the Nags Head before proceeding to the Three Jolly sailors, then the Red Lion at Cloughton and then turn back and stop at the Blacksmiths Arms, Cloughton, along the coast road to the Oak Wheel, Burniston, and back to the Nags Head.

The walk raises thousands of pounds for local good causes and charities each year.

Last year the event raised £1,650 which was donated to Ellie’s Fund Brain Tumour Trust. The previous year £2,250 was presented to Scarborough’s YMCA.

The event featured a host of wacky and wonderful fancy dress costumes, including 101 Dalmatians, Honey Monster and Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men.

For more details, please go to www.scalbyfair.co.uk

The walk is organised by the Scalby Fair Committee, who plan the village summer fair.