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Historic picture trail in Withernsea to inspire more people to get walking this September

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Withernsea’s popular historic picture boards have been unveiled at their new home in the Italian gardens and, to celebrate, Active Withernsea is launching its own temporary walking trail to help inspire more people to get moving.

The walking trail will provide opportunities for families, young people and the young at heart to explore the town, solve puzzles and stand a chance of winning some Active Withernsea goodies.

Businesses and community groups from across the town will put historic pictures in their windows, each with their own puzzle to be solved. The trail starts on 1 September and will run for a month finishing on 30 September.

Free activity trail handouts can be picked up from the Active Withernsea Shop at 170 Queen Street, Monday to Friday, between 11am-12noon and 1-4pm. Alternatively, trail handouts can also be picked up from East Riding Leisure Withernsea and the Withernsea Library and Customer Service Centre.

To enter the prize draw and stand a chance of winning some Active Withernsea goodies, all completed activity trail handouts must be returned to the Active Withernsea shop or posted through the shop door by no later than 2 October.

When taking on the trail don’t forget to snap away and share pictures on social media using #ActiveWithernsea.  

The community is invited to showcase Withernsea photographic memories of their own by putting pictures in windows or by sharing memories on social media using the above hashtag.

The relocation of the historic picture boards was delivered in partnership with Active Withernsea, Withernsea Big Local and Withernsea Town Council who own the Italian Gardens.

The Town Council has also taken long-term ownership of the historic pictures. A selection of the pictures were reprinted thanks to Withernsea Big Local funding, which will in turn allow the community to continue to enjoy the pictures for years to come.

Emma Kelly, Active Withernsea development and implementation lead, said: “We’re really excited to launch the brand-new temporary walking trail and would love to see as many people as possible venture out and take on the fun walking activity.

“We hope that the walking trail will inspire more people to get walking as part of their daily activity.

“The new location of the picture boards will allow more people to enjoy the pictures in a relaxing green space that they may not have discovered before.”

Jayne Moxon, town clerk at Withernsea Town Council, said: “Withernsea Town Council are pleased to be able to provide a new home for the historic picture boards. They are very popular and hopefully they will be more secure in the Italian Gardens.

“They will provide another attraction for the town and will be something else to see on the circular route along the seafront and adjoining gardens. There are other initiatives in the pipeline for the area for the near future, which will complement the picture boards.”

Rodger Read, Withernsea Big Local Chair, said: “We funded the initial installation of the pictures and they have been incredibly popular with residents and visitors alike. We wanted to ensure that they would continue to be enjoyed and have funded replacements where necessary. It will be lovely to see them in their new home.”

Active Withernsea is always keen to find more ways of working with the community, whether that be on existing projects or new ideas. It all starts with a conversation. Visit the Active Withernsea shop at 170 Queen Street, Monday to Friday, between the hours of 11am-12noon and 1-4pm. Email the team at active.withernsea@eastriding.gov.uk or give them a call on (01964) 782299.

Keep up to date with the latest developments by following Active Withernsea on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or by simply going online www.activewithernsea.org

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