2020’s Scalby Walk will be hosted at The Plough, the very place the event started from 61 years ago.
Over the last six years, while The Plough was closed, the walk was hosted by the Nag’s Head. However, following the pub’s change of ownership, members of the Scalby Walk committee have decided it was time to bring it back.
Co-organiser Jamie Wallis said: “The walk started at The Plough and was held there many times. We’re grateful to the Nag’s Head for taking it on and allowing it to continue but now that the Plough’s got new owners we felt it was the right time to bring it back where it belonged.”
This year’s chosen charity is the Bradley Lowery Foundation. The Foundation is planning to build a holiday home for terminally ill children and their families on land off Burniston Road.
Tom Harrison, General Manager at The Plough, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to welcome back the Scalby Walk and support the Bradley Lowery Foundation.
There was a turnout of 120 for the 60th anniversary walk last year and the organisers hope to see a greater number of competitors in 2020.
The walk began in 1959 and started off as a bet between some of the older and younger regulars at The Plough. Among the well-known regulars was Frank ‘Sparky’ Sparks, who was always easily recognisable in his bowler hat and carnation on his jacket lapel.
The walk was originally for men only but women began to take part in 1961.
This year’s walk will take place, as usual, on Easter Monday, which this year falls on 13 April 2020. There will be a trophy for the individual and team with the best fancy dress.
Bacon and sausage butties and hot drinks will be available to purchase on the morning of the walk. Food for anyone taking part will be available to purchase at any time.
As part of the event, there will also be a raffle with many donated prizes including a meal for four with a bottle of wine and a night’s stay at The Plough.
With thanks to the Scarborough News.