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Stepping out to recreate beating the bounds walk

Hundreds of walkers stepped out to replicate the tradition of checking that Congleton’s boundaries were still intact.

Sunday’s Beating the Bounds trek was one of the highlights in what is a year-long celebration marking the 750th anniversary of the town receiving its first charter.

More than 300 people, some wearing medieval costume, laced up their boots on Sunday morning to replicate part of the ancient custom, organised by Congleton Town Council.

Most of the walkers took up the gauntlet of the 9.9-mile circular walk while 59 opted for the more accessible 4.5-mile route.

Both routes started from Moss Lane near its entrance with Manchester Road with entrants crossing the finish line at Havannah Lane.

Town mayor Coun Denis Murphy and town crier, Coun Rob Moreton, led the procession with horses and riders adding a medieval atmosphere to proceedings, enjoyed on a fine spring morning.

Coun Murphy said: “It was fantastic to see so many walkers young and old and their four-legged friends turn out for this historic walk.”

Participants paid £1 to enter, with the fee going to the mayor’s charities.

Coun Murphy added: “I would like to personally thank everybody who took part, together we raised £257 for the town mayor’s charity.

“On behalf of the town council, I would like to thank everyone who helped and supported the event. A special mention must go to the talented Jenny Unsworth and Irene Akers who made the splendid costumes for the horses and riders provided by Terry’s Field and Garden maintenance. Thank you to the Rotary for their excellent marshalling services. I can confirm all the walkers made it back safely!

“The young people at Congleton High School raising funds for the Georgia Leigh Ogden Foundation should be commended for their hospitality, and Siemens for allowing use of their car park.”

Anyone who would still like to complete the walk can download a self-walking guide or pick up a free map from Congleton Information Centre in the town hall.

For information about 750th charter year anniversary events or to purchase 750 merchandise, call into Congleton Information Centre or visit congleton750.org.

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