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Turn up and tune in to celebrate 50 years of unique walk across Morecambe Bay

04 April 2013

Chris Theobald

Leyland Band to join annual charity walk

A landmark charity walk across the sands of Morecambe Bay is sure to hit the high notes this year thanks to the support of an award-winning brass band.

To help mark Cedric Robinson’s 50th year as Queen’s Guide to Morecambe Bay, and to help walkers along their way, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has enlisted the talents of Lancashire’s finest in brass, the Leyland Band.

The unique, eight-mile charity walk, organised by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), will take place on Sunday, 30 June at 11.00am starting in the picturesque village of Arnside.

Commenting on this year’s anniversary walk Event Manager Tania Callagher said: “When we found out about Cedric’s great love of brass bands we wanted to do something special to mark the occasion of his 50th year as Queen’s Guide to Morecambe Bay. The Leyland Band is a great supporter of the University so we were delighted when it accepted our invitation to take part in this year’s special celebrations.

“We believe the additional attraction of a brass band on the sands will be a first for the Morecambe Bay Walk and will certainly make the day a very special occasion for Cedric and everyone else who takes part.”

“When we found out about Cedric’s great love of brass bands we wanted to do something special to mark the occasion of his 50th year as Queen’s Guide to Morecambe Bay."

While Cedric sees the 50th year anniversary as a great achievement, he almost didn’t notice the milestone arrive, feeling incredibly fit and young for someone who’s being doing the job for so long.

He added: “I can’t believe it’s 50 years since I led my first walk in 1963. The list of names to cross the bay is almost endless and living here and meeting new people has been a wonderful experience. I certainly have no plans to retire.

“I’m very much looking forward to the anniversary walk and as it’s taking place in June we’re hoping for a fine day. People taking part are sure to enjoy it; I have never had anyone go away with anything less than a smile on their face.”

Money raised by walkers will go jointly to UCLan’s Harris Bursary Fund, which helps disadvantaged students, and the NSPCC. Money is raised by a combination of sponsorship and registration donations. The suggested registration donation is £15 for adults and £5 for children and students and all participants will be provided with a sponsorship form once registered.

The walk is limited to just 500 participants. Advance registration is therefore essential. To secure your place, call Tania on 01772 894106 during office hours or go to the UCLan fundraising webpages. www.uclan.ac.uk/fundraising