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Duo go ahead with Fishwives Walk despite event's coronavirus-enforced cancellation


By Jonathan Clark

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A HARDY duo went ahead with the Fishwives Walk last Saturday, despite the event's coronavirus-enforced cancellation and some less-than-ideal weather.

Dave Carson and Michael Louw decided to walk the route, from the Newmill Hall to the Heritage Centre in Buckie, and raised around £400 for Keith Rotary Club in the process.

Fishwives Walk 2020, Michael Louw (front) and Dave Carson.
Fishwives Walk 2020, Michael Louw (front) and Dave Carson.

Mr Carson said the socially-distanced walk was "surprisingly enjoyable" despite the lack of numbers and the bad weather.

"I've done the walk for the last two years and thought it would be a good thing to do, even with just the two of us," he said.

"We were both soaked by the end of it. Michael, being a more experienced walker, had all the gear, while I just struggled on through the rain and my wife had a change of clothes waiting for me at the end.

"Michael raised £100 through his work Dean's and I raised a few hundred pound for the Rotary Club's charities.

"I don't have a final figure but we raised somewhere in the region of £400. It's certainly more than I expected, people have been very nice and were very generous when I asked for a donation for the walk.

"It was actually surprisingly enjoyable. It was good to do it and show we can do something in these trying times. We are small club in Keith but we punch above our weight."

Fishwives Walk 2020, Michael (left) and Dave Carson.
Fishwives Walk 2020, Michael (left) and Dave Carson.


Keith Rotary was recently down to just four members but is now back up at eight and is on the way up again, with plans for events in around Keith in the pipeline just now.

The group has been meeting on Zoom recently due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions it's bringing.

Mr Carson added: "We had three members join but that was right before the pandemic hit and all meetings were cancelled.

"We are taking members on just now but we are still only meeting on Zoom at the moment."

To join up, or register your interest, you can call Dave on 07855 708 149 or councillor Sonya Warren, who is also one of the group's members, on 07980 898 589.



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