Whitby walk day on

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Whitby’s Walk­fest is not just a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence the sub­urb’s fine walk­ways but to hear tal­ented lo­cal mu­si­cians and get to know neigh­bours bet­ter.

Or­gan­iser Lisa Web­ber says this year’s event, on March 24, will be held in ‘‘ gor­geous weather’’, un­like the windy 2012 ver­sion. Head­quar­ters will be St Mary’s Church, with maps avail­able for a gold coin do­na­tion from noon.

Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity will hold a sausage siz­zle and a Posh Cof­fee cart.

‘‘Un­like in pre­vi­ous years we’re go­ing to have live mu­sic, to really cre­ate that friendly, car­ni­val-like at­mos­phere. The Sa­muel Mars­den Taiko drum­mers will be amaz­ing, and they will be fol­lowed by gui­tar play­ers Dan and Friends,’’ Ms Web­ber says.

The Whitby Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion will take reg­is­tra­tions to get an in­di­ca­tion of where peo­ple have come from to par­tic­i­pate.

While the fancy dress el­e­ment has been dis­carded, a quirky, ‘‘smile en­force­ment area’’ will be added.

‘‘I’m still work­ing it through but I would love to set up a cam­era in a cer­tain spot and make smiles com­pul­sory,’’ Ms Web­ber says. Last year about 400 peo­ple took part, us­ing the op­por­tu­nity to walk some of Whitby’s 12 kilo­me­tres of walk­ways. Landowner David Brad­ford will open up some of the former Duck Creek golf course land for the day, while long­time res­i­dent Jim Dears­ley will pro­vide a guided walk.

Ms Web­ber says: ‘‘ We’re blessed with fan­tas­tic places to walk around here so get out and see your neigh­bour­hood.’’

She rec­om­mends se­ri­ous walk­ers try for the four peaks in one af­ter­noon – above The Crowsnest, The Quar­ter­deck, Spin­naker Hill and The Main­sail.

Colour­ful leader: Lisa Web­ber will be front and cen­tre for the Whitby Walk­fest on March 24, with an up­dated – and smaller– walk­way map not far from her reach.

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