Stepping out at the Walkers Arms

Walkers Arms: Norma and Andy Sheard with Felicity McKeown, Mark Taylor and Alistair Dearnaly
Walkers Arms: Norma and Andy Sheard with Felicity McKeown, Mark Taylor and Alistair Dearnaly

WHEN three regulars at the Walkers Arms at Scholes decided to raise funds for the Help for Heroes charity, there was only one way to do it - by going on a long-distance walk.

Friends Mark Taylor, Alistair Dearnaly and Felicity McKeown put on their boots and walked 87 miles in two days through the Yorkshire Dales.

Sore feet: Alistair Dearnaly, Mark Taylor and Felicity McKeown

Sore feet: Alistair Dearnaly, Mark Taylor and Felicity McKeown

The walk was inspired by pub landlady Norma Sheard who took over the pub with her husband Andy in December. The couple moved to Scholes from Coventry when Andy got a new job and they spotted the opportunity to take over the Walkers Arms.

“Having lived in a city it was quite a culture shock but we are a big happy family and everyone has made us very welcome. We decided we needed to do something that would involve the whole community to coincide with the Diamond Jubilee and Help for Heroes is very deserving charity.

“A number of locals in the community have relatives, sons, nephews and so on in the Armed Services, some posted in Afghanistan, and Felicity’s brother Sam is in the Army. Seeing the worry within these families is very real. The general public’s interest has increased and people seem to have more understanding of what our soldiers go through when posted to war zones. That made us really want to do something for Help for Heroes.”

The three walkers braved blisters and sore feet to raise almost £800 with their walk from the Walkers Arms to Malham, Gargrave, Ilkley, Keighley and back. Now the pub is getting ready for a weekend of fundraising fun.

On Saturday, June 2, and Sunday, June 3, there will be raffles, tombolas, a barbecue and stalls. On Saturday at 4pm Bradford Bulls players will call in and on Sunday there will be an auction with signed sports shirts and cricket memorabilia. The weekend will end with a Northern soul disco on Sunday night.