Scarborough's Scalby walk to return where it all began

A popular charity walk is to return to its ancestral home after a few years away.

By Martina Moscariello
Friday, 31st January 2020, 1:49 pm
Updated Friday, 31st January 2020, 1:50 pm

This year's Scalby Walk will be hosted at The Plough, the very place the event started from 61 years ago.

In the last six years, while the pub was closed, the walk had been hosted by the Nag's Head. However, following the pub's change of ownership, members of the Scalby Walk committee decided it was time to bring it back.

Organiser Jamie Wallis said: "The walk started at The Plough and was held there for the majority of the time. We're grateful to the Nag's Head for taking it on and allowing it to continue but now that the pub's got new owners we felt it was the right time to bring it back where it belonged."

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From left: John White, Tom Gillom, Annabel and Jamie Wallis, Tom Harrison, Ellie Geall, Ian Anderson and Jack Rewcroft.

This year's chosen charity is the Bradley Lowery Foundation which is planning to build a holiday home for terminally ill children and their families on land off Burniston Road.

Tom Harrison, General Manager at The Plough, said: "We are absolutely delighted to be able to welcome back the Scalby Walk and support the Bradley Lowery Foundation.

"Last year we had a turnout of 120 so we'd like to add to that and make this year's one of the biggest ones yet."

The walk began in 1959 and started off as a bet between some of the older and younger regulars at the Plough. Among the well-known regulars was Frank ‘Sparky’ Sparks, who was always easily recognisable in his bowler hat and carnation on his jacket lapel.

The walk was originally for men only but women began to take part in 1961.

This year's walk will take place on Easter Monday, April 13. There will be a trophy for the individual and team with the best fancy dress.

Bacon and sausage butties and hot drinks will be available to purchase on the morning of the walk. Food for anyone taking part will be available to purchase at any time.

As part of the event, there will also be a raffle with many donated prizes including a meal for four with a bottle of wine and a night’s stay at The Plough.