Poke­mon walk draws fol­low­ers in the Square

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - PAUL MITCHELL

The Square in Palmer­ston North was bustling with Poke­mon play­ers as fans gath­ered to take part in a Poke­mon Go walk which was hap­pen­ing across the coun­try.

An­thony Robert­son was out catch­ing Poke­mon within hours of the app be­com­ing avail­able and was one of the first to ar­rive at the fan-or­gan­ised event on Sat­ur­day.

‘‘I didn’t re­ally ex­pect it to be this pop­u­lar. I thought there’d be a cou­ple of peo­ple wan­der­ing around play­ing it, not all of Palmer­ston North.

‘‘There were 700 peo­ple who said they were com­ing on the Face­book page, and there’s prob­a­bly over a hun­dred spread around The Square.’’

Af­ter a brief re­minder to be care­ful of their sur­round­ings from a vol­un­teer leader at the foot of the war memo­rial, the swarm of fans broke into smaller clus­ters wan­der­ing around The Square.

Some groups did cir­cuits of the Pokestops set on land­marks like the foun­tain, and the 2XS time cap­sule, lay­ing down lures to draw out more car­toon mon­sters.

Oth­ers just chat­ted with fel­low fans over the tops of their phones around the war memo­rial.

Ea­ger to comb the city for Poke­mon, Robert­son stuck his hand up as an im­promptu team leader to get a group mov­ing.

PHOTO: PAUL MITCHELL/FAIRFAX

Poke­mon train­ers Tate Bradley, Maria Lan­gen­hoven, Cameron Lau, An­thony Robert­son, Adam Robe­son at the Square for the na­tional Poke­mon Go walk.

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