02 July 2013
A landmark charity walk across the sands of Morecambe Bay hit the high notes 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 the walkers along their way, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) enlisted the talents of Lancashire’s finest in brass, the Leyland Band.
Windy and overcast conditions did not deter the hardy 500 walkers and dogs who waded through thigh high water on the unique, eight-mile charity walk. Eight members of the Band even entertained the posse when miles out across the Bay with tunes including Rule Britannia, the Can Can and Jerusalem.
Walker Pat Ellacott said: “We thoroughly enjoyed the whole event. It was suitably bonkers with the band carrying tubas across the river and playing Rule Britannia in the middle of the sea.”
“It was a fantastic day for everyone involved despite the lack of sunshine and abundance of mud. Leyland Band did a great job of making it a unique event for Cedric and all the walkers.”
Christine Anders added: “The day was made all that more special for me because last year I was sitting in Arnside waiting for my family to return as I couldn't do the walk due to poor mobility. After a double hip replacement last year I have been ticking off all the activities and events that I have wanted to do for a number of years and the Bay walk was one of them. So it was a real sense of achievement for me.”
The event raised £8,000 to date and more is expected to be raised from sponsorship. It will jointly go to UCLan’s Harris Bursary Fund, which helps disadvantaged students, and the NSPCC.
Commenting on this year’s anniversary walk Event Manger Tania Callagher said: “It was a fantastic day for everyone involved despite the lack of sunshine and abundance of mud. Leyland Band did a great job of making it a unique event for Cedric and all the walkers.”
To watch a video of the walk visit http://vimeo.com/69503946.
To see photos of the walk please visit our Flickr gallery.