WALKERS shrugged off the torrential rain for a stroll around their parish.
Kirkburton Parish Council chairman, Clr Richard Burton, and the outgoing chairman, Clr Sharon Dunford, jointly hosted a seven-mile sponsored walk around Lepton in aid of the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice and Parkinson’s UK.
Walkers followed a route known as Jessop’s Jaunt, named after Mary Ann Jessop, of Lepton – once said to be the oldest female firework maker in the country.
Mary, who died aged 91 in 1941, once told reporters that as a girl of eight she would stand on a stool, filling fireworks, with a chuckle, while the grown ups would sit on barrels of gunpowder to work.
The walk, one of the only events in Kirklees and Calderdale not to fall foul of the June deluge, took in the areas of Gawthorpe, Houses Hill and Whitley Willows and allowed the walkers to enjoy some very beautiful views right across the valley.
It was completed by many Kirkburton Parish councillors with their partners, the clerk and the Rev Anita Raggett of St John’s Church in Lepton.
Clr Burton said: “I was surprised at the number of people who turned up, given the recent weather and the number of events which have been cancelled.
“We were lucky and managed to stay dry most of the time.”
Clr Sharon Dunford said: “It was great fun and I was pleased I didn’t need my waterproofs for most of the walk.
“I’d particularly like to thank the Rev Anita Raggett for joining us and also her congregation for their generosity.
“I hope that we manage to raise a good sum for the two charities, whose volunteers work tirelessly all year providing a vital service to many families.”
A country and western dance, to support the two charities, will take place at 7pm Netherton Farm this Saturday, July 7.
Tickets are available from either of the councillors and also from the clerk at Kirkburton Parish Council: Tel 01484 604391 or email: email@example.com
Please visit the website: www.kbpc.co.uk for further details.