Charity walk marked with stone obelisk

The stone obelisk being setup today to mark the start of the walk from source of the Tyne to the sea for the Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care National Walk.
The stone obelisk being setup today to mark the start of the walk from source of the Tyne to the sea for the Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care National Walk.

A stone obelisk has been erected at the start of a charity walk.

The marker has been put in place at the beginning of the Daft as a Brush Cancer Care walk, which runs from the mouth of the River Tyne to the sea at Tynemouth.

It is sited at Jimmy and Fiona Hall’s Deadwater Farm, north of Kielder Village.

A Chinook helicopter, from RAF Odiham lifted the two stones into place on Tuesday, watched by pupils from Kielder First School.

The stone has been provided locally by Robert Charlton, of Border Stone Quarries in Haltwhistle.

And the structural design work has been done by Cundalls in Gosforth with carving by Gilbert Ward of Fourstones.

Funding for the project has been provided by Northumbrian Water Group and Northumberland County Council.

Brian Burnie, who sold Doxford Hall near Alnwick to set up the charity and is now a trustee, said: “The creation of the stone obelisk at the start of the Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care Walk at Deadwater Fell – Kielder to the sea at Tynemouth/South Shields, is probably one of the greatest days in my life and also in the history of the cancer charity.

“Most people in the region have been affected by cancer in some way and this absolutely fabulous walk is dedicated to those who have been affected by it.”

The walk is to be officially launched by the charity in spring/summer 2014.