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PICTURES: Six Harbour Walk strides back in style

By Alan Beresford

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THERE was a welcome return on May Day for one of the stalwarts of Buckie's calendar when the Six Harbour Walk made its comeback.

A Covid-enforced break meant that the fundraising event, which is run by the Rotary Club of Buckie, has not been held for the past two years.

However, there was enthusiasm aplenty for its return, with 220 walkers signing up to undertake the 15-mile route to raise funds for good causes.

The weather turned out for the event, with glorious sunshine bathing most of the day.

Joint Six Harbour Walk Co-ordinator Heather Pirie said it great to be back after two years' absence.

"It's been a wonderful day and it's great to be back.

"Getting the walk back up and running was our main priority today and we're delighted with the turnout, especially when you consider four weeks ago we weren't on the map.

"The glorious weather also helped and everything went according to plan.

"The feedback we've had has been very positive and it's all been very encouraging for next year's Six Harbour Walk. We've got something solid to build on and will be hoping to increase the turnout."

Mrs Pirie went on to thank Buckie Boys’ Brigade, Cullen Sea School and Findochty Christmas Lights Committee for offering to help on the day of the walk.

One of the changes for this year's event was changing the focus from having a number of named primary charities concentrating solely on local good causes. Groups in the area will be invited to apply for a share of the cash raised from the walk.

As before, those walking in groups of four had the option of splitting the funds they raised between the Rotary and their own chosen good cause.

Buckie South and West Church again served as both the main registration point and the finish line, where walkers were greeted with undoubtedly welcome refreshments. Finishers were rewarded with a goody bag and, in a change to previous walks, a badge instead of a certificate.

For those undertaking the full walk, the day got under way at Portsoy Harbour, the route then taking walkers through the harbours at Sandend, Cullen, Portknockie, Findochty and Buckie.

A shorter challenge was available, running from Cullen to Buckie.

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