SLIDESHOW: Thousands get their wellies on for link road walk

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Thousands switched their flip flops for wellies at the weekend as they paraded their way through the sunshine to view the new Heysham to M6 link road.

Lancaster St John’s Hospice and road builders Costain organised the Welly Walk which gave walkers the chance to view the exact route the new road will take.

The Welly Walk. Picture by Andy Cruxton.

The Welly Walk. Picture by Andy Cruxton.

Almost 2,700 people enjoyed the sunshine views of the new link road whilst raising money £20,000 for the Slyne Road Hospice and the Costain 150 Challenge charities.

Setting off in waves of 200 from Lancaster and Morecambe College, walkers experienced the new bridges and structures.

Andrew Langley, Costain project director, said, “The weather’s been absolutely fantastic, and I’ve got to say a huge thanks to everyone who’s come along to enjoy the walk and raise money.”

Phil Corris, a retired police officer who took part in the walk said: “It was an excellent afternoon, great fresh air, fantastic views, very interesting and above all brilliantly organised.”

The walk ended at Halton Army Camp where everyone received refreshments and free return travel to the college in one of 10 buses provided free of charge from Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire.

Catherine Butterworth, head of fundraising at St John’s Hospice said: “Organising an event for this many people is a real challenge and we simply couldn’t have done it without the fabulous help and hard work from all our volunteers and supporters.

“Working with Costain has been great too and they did a fantastic job in preparing the route for everyone.”