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Bourne Mayor to undertake 16-mile sponsored walk to mark Remembrance Sunday

The mayor of Bourne is in training for a 16-mile sponsored walk to mark Remembrance Sunday this year.

Coun Colin Pattison hopes to raise cash for his three chosen charities - the Butterfield Centre, Wake House and the Old Town Hall Trust.

He and wife Fiona will set off from the Cenotaph in the War Memorial Gardens just after 11am on Remembrance Sunday, November 8, before heading out to Elsea Park and the surrounding villages.

Bourne Mayor Colin Pattison with wife Fiona in 2016
Bourne Mayor Colin Pattison with wife Fiona in 2016

Coun Pattison, who works at print specialists Warners Midlands Plc, said he had come up with the idea while on the shop floor.

“It was like a lightbulb moment,” he said. “With everything going on we can’t have gatherings or social functions so I haven’t been able to do too much so far.

“But then I thought to myself I can’t have people come to me, but I can go out to the people while doing a charity fundraising sponsored walk around the parish of Bourne.”

The couple will be flanked by vehicles from the Lincolnshire 4x4 Response charity and hope people will come out to cheer them on.

“It’s going to be a fair old yomp!” added Coun Pattison. “I’m 53 and 110 kilos so there’s a lot of me to move around. My wife will be joining me and we’ve already started our training and quit alcohol to get into shape for it.”

He said people needed something positive as major events including the Remembrance parade and the Christmas lights switch-on will not be able to take place as normal.

“People are struggling at the moment and going up the walls, but we have to believe there will be better, happier days in the future,” Coun Pattison said. “I just thought ‘let’s do some good’.”

Full details of the mayor’s fundraising walk and how to sponsor him will be released soon. For more information contact the town clerk on 01778 426123 or clerk.bournetc@btconnect.com

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