Traditional Whit Walk given brand new lease of life

Darren Padgett
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The traditional Whit Walk will be brought back to life in Barnsley as a new community event.

Walk Barnsley, a project which encourages people to walk more and take the first steps towards a healthier lifestyle, is reinvigorating the traditional Whitsuntide event.

The new Whit Walk will be a chance for families and communities to come together, take gentle exercise and celebrate a fondly remembered Barnsley traditions.

The new Barnsley Whit Walk on Sunday, June 8, will be a stroll around Locke Park, launched by incoming Deputy Mayor Coun Ken Richardson and Penistone and Stocksbridge MP Angela Smith.

Children are encouraged to dress up and the boy and girl wearing the best costume will be crowned Whit King and Queen and lead the walk.

In keeping with tradition, walkers are encouraged to wear their Sunday best – hats and bonnets and even full Victorian costumes.

Sporting and fitness organisation Team Activ has developed the two-year Walk Barnsley project.

Director Darren Padgett said: “We’re delighted to bring back the traditional Barnsley Whit Walk. It’s a part of the town’s heritage which many people will have fond memories of.

“Along with being a wonderful blast from the past, it’s also an ideal way for people to come together as a community and take some gentle exercise. Walking is an ideal way to keep fit as it’s free, you don’t need any special training or equipment and it’s suitable for all ages and abilities.”