A challenge walk along the old Anglo-Scottish border is set to take place this summer to celebrate Britain and the British.
The Border Union Rally, on Saturday, July 19, was originally devised as a way of showing support for the idea of the Union staying together, but everyone who takes part is also being asked to raise money for a British military charity, or another charity if you have a personal favourite.
It comes ahead of the Scottish independence referendum, which takes place on September 18.
The organisers, which include Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Berwick, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, and MP for Penrith and The Border, Rory Stewart, believe that ‘in the border lands of Cumbria, Northumberland and Scottish Borders, we cross from England into Scotland and vice versa, at will’.
“Friends, family and workmates live their lives together, unhindered by the technical border,” they say.
“The Border Union Rally celebrates our togetherness at its most acute point. In these border lands, Northumbrians, Cumbrians and Borderers really are part of the family.”
The logistics for the Border Union Rally are being co-ordinated by Shepherds Walks, based in Rothbury and run by Jon Monks, who writes the Gazette’s Stepping Out column on a monthly basis.
The whole event will be supervised by qualified marshals and for the safety of all participants, only registered walkers will be allowed to participate.
There will be two walks for different ability levels. The 12-mile Silver route will see walkers will start from Town Yetholm mid-morning and meet the Gold walkers halfway along the Border Ridge.
For the full 28-mile Gold route, walkers will be bused at 7.30am from Town Yetholm to Carter Bar where the registration point will be. Walkers may arrive independently at Carter Bar for registration.
The Border Union Rally is also being designed with families in mind so those interested should feel free to involve youngsters.
For all the details, to register for the walk or to get involved, visit www.borderunionrally.com or call Anne-Marie Trevelyan on 07970 653258.