Taking a walk across Morecambe bay is no mean feat and several of the brethren along with their families friends and of course pets did so in order to raise money for the MCF 2021 Festival appeal.
On a glorious June Day around 400 walkers from all over the Province were greeted at Arnside by The Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. From the starting point the walk was along the promenade and through a caravan park. After an hour of walking, the beach was finally reached, after climbing over rocks and wading through some moss the sands were eventually reached.
The walkers were met by the official queen’s guide, Cedric Robson OBE who introduced his team of guides and outlined the route that would be taken across the Bay.
He then climbed aboard a tractor and followed the pack of walkers on their way. At 83 years of age most felt that was ok! As the walkers crossed the Bay they noticed the stunning scenery and made new friends, Mike Silver found a Mason from Otley in Yorkshire who had turned up to support West Lancashire. As well as representatives from other charities, out in force to raise money for the Festival appeal.
As the walkers entered the main channel a little paddle of the feet was needed as the refreshing water lapped around their ankles. Some also discovered some quick sand along a walk of over seven miles or around 18,600 steps.
The finish was reached in record time of three hours and 40 minutes and rewarded by a steep climb up a concrete embankment.
(Words by Mike Silver)
From the Chorley group:
Mike Silver was joined by his children Emily and Luke and they raised £120 for prostate cancer and Mike hopes to have raised over £100 for the MCF – Tyldesley Lodge.
Ian Wrigley raised £80 and was joined by his wife and two close friends – St Bartholomew Lodge.
Alan Hurst along with his family and friends raised £210 – Rockhaven and Horwich Lodge.
Group Charity Steward Gary Smith from The Peace Lodge along with Mark Howard from St Bartholomew Lodge raised £204.
John Curry – Greenhill Lodge.
David Hatchard – Astley and Elsmere Lodge.
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