Mayor ends ‘beating bounds’ walk in Ribble Valley

The Mayor and Mayoress of the Ribble Valley, Coun. Michael Ranson and Mrs Janette Ranson set-off from Spring Wood on the final leg of his boundary walk.
The Mayor and Mayoress of the Ribble Valley, Coun. Michael Ranson and Mrs Janette Ranson set-off from Spring Wood on the final leg of his boundary walk.

Friends and supporters joined Coun. Michael Ranson and his wife Janette on the last of their boundary walks as Mayor and Mayoress of the Ribble Valley.

They set off from Spring Wood picnic site, Whalley, for a five-mile walk to conclude the series of 20 walks that have covered the 90-mile boundary of the Ribble Valley.

The walks have been sponsored, and have contributed to the mayoress’s charity fund, which has raised about £12,500 during their year of office for Ribble Valley Crossroads Care and Ribble Valley Homestart.

The idea of the walks was inspired by the ancient tradition of “beating the bounds”

Coun. Ranson said: “My predecessor as Mayor jumped out of a plan at 10,000 feet for charity, but I wasn’t up for something like that. I enjoy walking, and the Ribble Valley is the best place to walk.”

The walks were devised by Ribble Valley Borough Council’s health development officer, Barrie Williams, and began last June

“Some people have joined us for one walk, and some for two or three. The Mayor’s Secretary, Olwen Heap, has been on every walk, and my wife only missed one with a bad back.

“We’ve only had rain on two of our walks, but we just carried on and got wet. It’s been great fun.”