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The walk of life - Four generations ready for action

Lawton Family enter Star Walk...Part of the 42 members of the Lawton family who have entered The Star walk including 88 years old Rose Lawton(right)

Lawton Family enter Star Walk...Part of the 42 members of the Lawton family who have entered The Star walk including 88 years old Rose Lawton(right)

Here are two reasons why this year’s Star Walk in Sheffield will be an event unlike any other – Harry Sanderson and his great gran Rose Lawton.

People of all ages are giving their backing to the event and vowing to put their best foot forward.

But what makes this family stand out is that four generations will be walking side by side.

Harry, aged two, is the youngest and at the head of the family is his great grandmother Rose, aged 88.

They will be tackling the one-mile course in Hillsborough Park with great gusto – but both admit they may need a little help along the way.

No matter what, they will be cheered on every step of the way by 43 other members of their large family who have all signed up for the walk.

Rose worked at Needham, Veall, and Tyzack on Milton Street during World War II.

She was one of many Sheffielders who picked their way through the devastation caused by the Sheffield Blitz to make sure they turned up for work as usual the next day.

Every penny raised by the Star Walk, which starts at 11am on Sunday, April 28, will go towards the Women of Steel Statue Appeal.

It will be erected in Barkers Pool to remember the work carried out by women in the steel industry during the wars.

Rose, like many members of her family, has previously competed in the Star Walk.

Many still have the certificates and are looking forward to stepping out together once more as well as sharing memories of past events.

Mike, Rose’s son, said: “When I first did the Star Walk it was a massive event, but it was taken very seriously.

“I went in to do it as fast as I could and I tried to win it.

“Later in the 1980s, it was a lot more about fancy dress and sponsorship than walking as fast as you could.

“This year we are doing it for my mum and I wanted to get as many members of the family together as possible.

“I might struggle to do 12 miles these days, but as it is only one mile I’m sure it’ll be a great day.”

You can register for The Star Walk at Star Walk and if you have a story to tell, email nancy.fielder@thestar.co.uk

 

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