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A big thank you to everyone who came along and made our Diamond Dawdle charity walk such a brilliant success!

The event celebrated the 60th birthday of the Peak District National Park. Well over 150 walkers met at Thornbridge Hall and set off to dawdle around the Monsal Trail in glorious sunshine.




We were delighted that former Blue Peter presenter and local farmer Simon Groom, joined us and sent the middle batch of walkers off with encouraging words.






maceyandoliviaWe had a great mix of people walking, including twins Macie and Olivia who came along with grandparents Steve and Mary to do the shorter Three Cake Challenge in their double buggy.






Walkers returned to relax and enjoy a birthday party at Thornbridge Hall,  including tea (and Thornbridge beer for some) and a jazz band. Simon Groom chatted and signed thank you certificates. There were stirring speeches from Simon Groom, Tony Favell (the new chair of the Peak District National Park Authority) and our Vice President Anne Robinson. All three talked about the importance of our work protecting these beautiful landscapes.

simonandmarilynAnd then to top the day off, Marilyn Bagworth cut the enormous birthday cake. Marilyn was also celebrating her 60th birthday. Happy birthday to both Marilyn – and the Peak District National Park!


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