Star Walk: Granddaughters walk in winner’s footsteps

Star Walk: Harry Ernest Hoyle, winner of the very first Star Walk 6th June 1922.
Star Walk: Harry Ernest Hoyle, winner of the very first Star Walk 6th June 1922.
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The Star Walk is steeped in history and one family is making sure it is alive and kicking in 2013, writes Nancy Fielder..

Harry Ernest Hoyle was the winner of the very first Star Walk on June 6, 1922.

And three of his granddaughters will be stepping out in his memory at this year’s event on Sunday, April 28.

Rachel McVeigh, Amanda Haigh and Adrienne Booth, who all live in Derbyshire, have all signed up for The Star Walk 2013.

Harry was aged just 20 when he won the race.

His father John Thomas Hoyle, who was 62 at the time, also entered and won the sealed handicap.

It was Harry’s daughter Wendy Petford who first contacted The Star with her memories of his big win.

She said: “My father informed me that it was the only time a Star Walk winner was presented with a solid gold medal. This has now been passed down to his grandson.

“It is a really lovely medal. On one side it is engraved with a man walking and on the other side it is engraved with my father’s name.

“My daughters think it is wonderful that their grandfather won and now they can take part in The Star Walk themselves.”

This year’s Star Walk is fundraising for The Women of Steel Statue Appeal. The walk is just a mile lap of Hillsborough Park so as many of the women – now aged in their 80s and 90s – can take part.

The family fun day is open to all ages.