Walking festival risk for Wolds towns

Market Rasen Walkers are Welcome chairman Gary Beighton says the event is under threat EMN-150806-114242001
Market Rasen Walkers are Welcome chairman Gary Beighton says the event is under threat EMN-150806-114242001

A major walking event set for Market Rasen, Caistor and Horncastle that would attract ‘thousands’ is at risk due to a lack of support.

Gary Beighton, chairman of Market Rasen Walkers are Welcome, told Market Rasen Town Council his organisation was “suffering from a lack of support”, with committee members leaving and himself to follow next year.

“I am worried about the future,” he said.

Walkers Are Welcome is a national scheme to encourage walking, with 120 towns gaining accrediation based on the facilities they offer walkers.

Asked if a lack of support might threaten the national ‘Get-Together’ in October 2016 at Market Rasen, Caistor and Horncastle, Gary admitted “I don’t know”.

“You need people to organise. We need support. If we have more support, there’s more things we can do,” he told the Rasen Mail afterwards.

He needs people who can organise, help with fundraising, publicity and marketing.

At last week’s meeting, WAW representative Coun Ken Bridger said the 2016 event will “attract thousands”.

“They will want accomodation and places to eat. It’s going to be a feather in our cap, we hope.”

Town councillor Steve Bunney suggested Gary puts together a ‘proposal’ if it needed financial support.

“I am sure we will do what we can,” added town mayor John Matthews.

To help WAW contact Gary via www.waw-rasen.org.