A glorious day for Mayor’s charity walk along Hayling seafront

STROLL The Mayor of Havant Councillor Ken Smith leads the four-mile walk, which is held to raise money for the mayor's charities, along Hayling Island seafront.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (120867-1)
STROLL The Mayor of Havant Councillor Ken Smith leads the four-mile walk, which is held to raise money for the mayor's charities, along Hayling Island seafront. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (120867-1)
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A JOYFUL charity walk was bathed in glorious sunshine.

The Mayor of Havnt Cllr Ken Smith and his wife Hazel, the Mayoress, were joined by more than 100 people for the sponsored stroll along Hayling seafront.

Piper Caroline Henton led the way and behind her cadets from the army, navy and air force marched in unison.

It was the second walk the mayor has held in his term of office following an event last summer.

Cllr Smith said: ‘It was wonderful.

‘When we started it was a bit cloudy and a mist came in off the sea which was great because it kept us cool.

‘Then the sun came out and it was glorious.

‘I’ve got a bit of a lung problem so for people like me it wasn’t easy but the young cadets passed us going in the other direction when we were only halfway.’

Cllr Smith was joined yesterday by 79-year-old Ted Brigham, from Hayling, who organised the walk.

The sprightly pensioner is a walk leader and runs walking to health groups across Havant.

He said: ‘It went brilliantly, we had all the ingredients for a perfect day.

‘We had great weather and great people. It was easy enough for me because I’m used to these sort of walks.

‘I’ve organised the last two because Mrs Smith persuaded me to and I’m glad I did.’

The walk raised money for the Mayor of Havant’s Charity Appeal.

This year all the donations will go to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and Dorothy’s Dream, The Rowans Hospice at Home appeal.

It also supports smaller local charities and good causes.

‘People were curious as to what this big group of pipers and cadets were doing,’ said the Mayoress.

‘When I explained what it was for they asked if they could contribute to which I said “oh yes!”.

‘Everyone was so kind, interested and generous.’