Fifth Moonlit Memories Walk to take place in Portsmouth

Local government secretary Sajid David on his visit to Portsmouth last week 
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HUNDREDS of walkers will take to the streets of Portsmouth to raise money for the Rowans Hospice.

Up to 1,400 people are taking part in the Moonlit Memories Walk, which starts at 11pm tonight.

The 12-mile route begins at Castle Field, Southsea, goes around Old Portsmouth, before finishing at the Historic Dockyard.

Although it is forecast to be gloomy, people are being advised to bring their wellies and dress warm to brave the wind and rain.

To help the crowd get started, a steel band will play and Nuffield Health and Fitness instructor Stacey Merritt will lead a warm-up exercise beforehand.

The walk will be opened by Portsmouth Lord Mayor Councillor Frank Jonas.

Money raised goes towards running the Purbrook hospice.

To mark the fifth anniversary of the walk, the minimum age limit has been dropped to 13 years old, and a shorter five-mile course has also been introduced.

People can find out about the walk by following reporter Priya Mistry on Twitter @priya_mistry and the hospice on @rowanshospice.

· A full list of participants will be printed in The News on Tuesday.

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