Fancy dressed locals keep Saddleworth Beer Walk tradition alive

By Lily Chick

MORE THAN 200 fun-loving locals braved the rain and donned fancy dress to keep the spirit of a legendary Saddleworth tradition alive.

Organised by brother and sister Justin and Angie Brown, the 11-mile fundraising unofficial Beer Walk returned to Saddleworth last month for a sixth year.

The walk was supported by an enthusiastic bunch of fundraisers, who are donating funds to Saddleworth Round Table who scrapped their original Beer Walk some years ago.

Participants met at Churchill Playing Fields in Greenfield for the start of the walk, and travelled around the pubs in the local villages, with charity collection buckets in hand.

Justin, 48, and Angie were part of a group of 14 who dressed as hot dogs, mustard and ketchup, and raised £112 on this year’s walk.

Justin, who owns a kitchen fitting business, said: “We had an excellent turn out last year and we expected the same again.

“We love doing it, it’s important to keep these village traditions alive.”

Last year, they raised smiles and applause when they were part of a ‘beer crate’ complete with imitation bottles for their village-wide ramble.

Justin said: “The original Beer Walk raised tens of thousands of pounds for local charities over the years.

“Saddleworth Round Table do great things giving to the community, so it’s only right we continue to support them.”

Henry Burbidge, chair of Saddleworth Round Table, added: “It’s a wonderful idea and we’d like to thank all entrants taking part.”

Justin and Angie are already planning next year’s event and are hoping for an even bigger turn-out.


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