Threat to the future of Walking Day

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Brian Addison is the Chief Marshall for the Church's Walking Day

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Brian Addison is the Chief Marshall for the Church's Walking Day

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The future of Walking Day is in doubt after Chorley police confirmed they no longer have the bodies to marshal the roads.

Police will marshal Saturday’s event but have insisted that it will be for the last time.

Organisers will therefore have to put together their own traffic management team if walking days are to go ahead.

Police will still be available to advise, assist and guide organisers but will no longer provide traffic marshals.

The decision complies with new Lancashire Constabulary regulations .

Police have blamed budget cuts for the decision to pull out of supporting community events.

Insp Dave Robinson at Chorley Police said: “The cutbacks have influenced the

decision. This complies with county policy and also national policy.”

Police will still be marshaling roads at nationwide events such as Remembrance

Sunday.

Brian Addison, the chief marshall for Chorley Walking Day, said: “At the present time, we simply don’t have the

funds available to raise a traffic management team of our own.

“But the police have told us we have to have one in place if the day is to carry on.”

Mr Addison has been involved in Walking Day since 1952.

He added: “If we can’t formulate our own traffic management team, it will be the end of an era – it’s simple as that.

“People have been brought up with Walking Day and it will be awful if this is the last one.”

Mr Addison is still awaiting a letter from the police explaining the exact reasons why road marshal won’t be provided.

He said: “Once this letter has come from the police then I can really plan and organise things.

“But there is a real possibility Walking Day won’t be going ahead next year.”

Walking Day has been a apart of the annual calendar in Chorley for more than 60 years, with 13 churches taking part, and people aged between three to 93 taking part.

The event has been scaled down in recent years when the field day in which children from different churches played games and singing songs was stopped.

Mr Addison said:“At the moment, I don’t think the people of Chorley know exactly how serious the situation has become.

“I’ve spoke to people

already and they are disgusted Walking Day could be

cancelled.”

Fund-raising ideas are being drawn up and the vicar of St George’s Church, the Rev Tim Wilby, will be asking for donations and peoples help to save the occasion at this Saturday’s event.

People meet in Fleet Street car park before walking on to Pall Mall and them back into town before a service at St George’s Church.