Floods can’t stopr Whalley Silly Hat walkers

The Derbyshire family, with L-R: Niall (13), Amy, Anthony and 10 year-old Nieve.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'28-12-2015
The Derbyshire family, with L-R: Niall (13), Amy, Anthony and 10 year-old Nieve. PIC BY ROB LOCK'28-12-2015

A pleasant walk wearing a silly hat was a great way to forget Whalley’s flood woes...if only for a few hours.

More than 50 villagers and visitors donned their craziest hats for the 21st annual Whalley Walk, which went ahead despite the Christmas floods.

Jim and Heather Liptrot.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'28-12-2015

Jim and Heather Liptrot. PIC BY ROB LOCK'28-12-2015

And the prize for the silliest hat of all went to Adam Fenton, who was up from Lewisham, London, visiting his family. He won with his Christmas pudding creation, complete with a jug of pouring cream, to win a certificate, some chocolates and “buff” scarf.

“Some people were missing because they were clearing up, so numbers were down,” said Ivan Hargreaves, one of the organisers.

“The weather was fine and the route wasn’t as muddy as we feared. It was an excellent walk, one of the best yet.”

The walkers gathered in Whalley centre and strolled past Springwood picnic area and Whalley Golf Club, towards Read Old Bridge, where flood water was lying in the dip. Some intepdid walkers took off their shoes and socks and waded across, but others found another route.

Stephanie Grimshaw celebrates the walk's 21st anniversary.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'28-12-2015

Stephanie Grimshaw celebrates the walk's 21st anniversary. PIC BY ROB LOCK'28-12-2015

After a refreshment break at the Game Cock Inn, the walkers continued to Whalley Nab and back to the village.

A collection raised £214 for the Whalley Lions flood appeal.

Elves and a reindeer with L-R: Justine and Eliza Williams, and Anastasia Hartnell-Booth.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'28-12-2015

Elves and a reindeer with L-R: Justine and Eliza Williams, and Anastasia Hartnell-Booth. PIC BY ROB LOCK'28-12-2015

Walk organiser Ivan Hargreaves explains the route to Sarah Hargreaves (left) and Karen Stott.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'28-12-2015

Walk organiser Ivan Hargreaves explains the route to Sarah Hargreaves (left) and Karen Stott. PIC BY ROB LOCK'28-12-2015

Shaun (left) and Adam Fenton.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'28-12-2015

Shaun (left) and Adam Fenton. PIC BY ROB LOCK'28-12-2015

Ready for the off.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'28-12-2015

Ready for the off. PIC BY ROB LOCK'28-12-2015