Photos: Whalley walkers step out in silly hats

Silly hats were out in force as Whalley villagers put their best foot forward for their annual post-Christmas walk.

Forty-three local residents and five dogs donned weird and wonderful hats and braved the wet and windy weather to take part in the 19th annual Whalley Walk and Silly Hat competition.

Whalley walkers

Whalley walkers

Mr Ivan Hargreaves, one of the organisers of what has become a traditional event, said: “Despite the poor weather forecast which surely put many walkers off, we only had to endure one small shower and a few hailstones. However, the footpaths were all extremely muddy due to the recent heavy rain.

“As is the tradition, the walkers stopped for a well-earned drink and a rest at the Game Cock Inn, Great Harwood, before continuing back to Whalley via the Nab. As the muddy walkers squelched back into the village, a collection was held which raised £80 for The Bethany Project. Overall, a good time was had by all.”

Mr Hargreaves went onto pay tribute to a dedicated walker who has attended 18 out of the 19 walks held. He said: “We must praise one notable walker, Dorothy Hollin, of Whalley, who has taken part in 18 of the 19 Whalley walks to date.”

The prize winners in the ridiculous hat contest were: Adult category – Shaun Fenton of Darwen, who wore a large Christmas wreath complete with candles; and in the junior category – Alissa Darbyshire, of New Longton, who wore a home-made gingerbread men hat.

Dedicated walker Dorothy Hollin is pictured with her grandson, Blaydon.