Yesterday was the first anniversary of Walkers are Welcome, Shotley, becoming the first accredited group in the County of Suffolk and we celebrated in style on Easter Monday!
Despite it being wet and cold, about 50 people, walkers, mums, dads, children and pets, came along to celebrate with us. It started off with a circular walk of 2 and 1/4 miles setting out from The Bristol Arms. There was a trail set up for people to follow with 19 points to find and it was fun watching people hunting for the clues and noting down their answers which were designed especially with children in mind. On his return to The Bristol Arms, one young lad, Elliot, was heard to say excitedly, “That walk was REALLY good.” and was particularly pleased that his efforts had earned him, and the rest of the children returning their answer sheets, with an Easter egg.
This was followed by a Treasure Trail around the area outside the Bristol Arms, with parents and children taking part with more Easter treats as a reward.
This was followed by a Family Quiz inside the Bristol Arms which saw people from 4 to 70+ take part and was great fun and the Hog Roast which followed was delicious and very much appreciated so thanks to Shane and his team for organising that.
It was all felt to be worthwhile when parents and children came and thanked us for arranging the day. SOS would like to offer special thanks to Shane and his team for the time and effort they gave towards making the day the success it was. Well done to the Walk Leaders, Gary, Tony, Jane and Geraint and to Marian for setting up the Trail and checking the answers, painful as it was to give Easter eggs away! Thanks to June and Tony for organising the Treasure Hunt questions. Derek and Albie Davis did a great job organising the Family Quiz and making it such fun.
Last but not least thanks to the volunteers and visitors who supported us, making the day a resounding success.