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Just watched the video of Walking Day.   Oh how the mighty have fallen, where were all of the marching bands and the folk running out to give money to the walkers?   Looks like being a cheap afternoon at Victoria Park if the fair is still there.

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sadly gone are the days when the whole of Warrington had the day off. The whole place a no go area for traffic after 7am. The exodus for the trains and coaches for Blackpool and all points north leaving it looking like a scene from a spaghetti western with discarded streamers and litter blowing forlornly along the empty streets like tumble-weeds. Shops closed and vacant, pubs open and crammed to the rafters with revellers.

These days a lot of working folk work out of town and out of  town folk working in Warrington. hard to explain to a boss that you want a paid day off because the whole town goes out for a walk on a certain day of the year. With the advent of zero hours minimum wage contracts people cannot afford to take a day off either..😟

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I think all the donations to the walkers are done by chip & pin or  direct debit these days while the pickpockets  electronically  syphon your contactless cards while you watch the walk.

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Oh, that's sad.  It used to be a proud moment for me when I walked in my uniform - 13th Warrington Scout Group, St Elfin's Own.

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The Scouts walked, alongside round 2000 other walkers.  The tradition continues although nowadays it is not the highlight of the summer for many.  People still gave money to walkers and there were still marching bands.  Long may it continue, in spite of negative comments from across the pond where I suppose size is everything.

 

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