Walkers celebrate successful festival

Walkers are Welcome - Julia Soukup (E Riding of Yorks Local Food Network) presents Jo Green with a basket of local produce for the raffle.
Walkers are Welcome - Julia Soukup (E Riding of Yorks Local Food Network) presents Jo Green with a basket of local produce for the raffle.

HUNDREDS of walkers descended on the town at the weekend for the first festival of its kind in Pocklington.

A programme of events were organised across Saturday and Sunday to mark the town’s Walkers Are Welcome status achieved last year.

People had the chance to head out on to the Wolds Way, enjoy a gentle stroll around the town or delve into Pocklington’s past with a tour detailing the town’s contribution during World War Two.

Youngsters were also given the chance to enjoy themselves with a wildlife safari, a treasure hunt for the official weekend mascot bear, Pocklington Percy, and become nature detectives.

Pocklington Arts Centre was the festival’s hub for the weekend, where walkers could pick up information about each activity, as well as other groups to help boost trade and tourism, such as the Fairtrade and Local Produce Group (FLAG) and East Riding of Yorkshire Local Food Network.

Jo Green of the Pocklington and Wolds Gateway Partnership, who organised the events, said: “The weekend of walks was a great success.

“The kind weather over the weekend allowed over 200 people to take part in walks and activities

“On behalf of Pocklington and Wolds Gateway Partnership, I would like to thank all of the volunteers who gave up their weekend to make the events a success.

“Prizes for the raffle and treasure hunt were donated by Pocklington Arts Centre, Burnby Hall Gardens and Fired Art.

“We would also like to thank the children and businesses that took part in the Pocklington Percy bear hunt.

“He will soon be waking up to hear where his new home is to be when the draw for the prize takes place at the end of the week.”

Pocklington became the 55th town to achieve the Walkers Are Welcome status.

The scheme is to help attract walkers and tourism.