Moonlit stroll will be opened by mayor

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PORTSMOUTH’S Lord Mayor will officially open a charity walk for the Rowans Hospice this weekend.

Tomorrow, up to 1,400 walkers are expected to stroll through the streets of Portsmouth as part of the Moonlit Memories Walk.

And Lord Mayor Councillor Frank Jonas will be officially starting the walk at 11pm.

He said: ‘I’m very proud to be able to start the walk.

‘You get a warm feeling with those walkers, who don’t let the wind or rain put them off.

‘The crowd always get warmed up first as well.’

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

During the evening, a steel band will play and Nuffield Health and Fitness instructor Stacey Merritt will lead a warm-up exercise before hand.

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