Fundraisers to keep Saddleworth tradition alive with sixth unofficial Beer Walk

A FUN-LOVING brother and sister will be keeping the spirit of a legendary Saddleworth tradition alive this weekend.

Justin and Angie Brown will be the vanguard of more than 200 loyal locals expected to don fancy dress to tackle an 11-mile fundraising unofficial Beer Walk through the villages.

The walk is supported by an enthusiastic bunch of fundraisers who are donating their efforts to Saddleworth Round Table who had to scrap their original Beer Walk some years ago.

It is the sixth year the duo have organised the unofficial event and Justin, 48, who owns a kitchen fitting business, said: “We had an excellent turn out last year and we expect the same again.

“It was particularly gratifying because the weather was appalling and that sadly kept spectators away. But everyone had great fun.

“We are praying for good weather this year which will help increase the number of walkers.”

Brightly dressed entrants during last year’s Beer Walk

This year Justin from Delph, and his sister will be part of a team dressed as hot dogs.

“We’ve even got a couple dressed as mustard and ketchup too,” he quipped.

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. I’m looking forward to seeing some creative costumes.”

Angie, who owns a hair salon in Greenfield, said: “We grew up loving the Beer Walk and its ideals. We just want the spirit to stay alive.”

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


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