Over the last few years we have had some wonderful speakers for our Celebrity Speaker event. Our aim was to invite Cumbrian celebs with a connection to walking to talk for us about themselves and what they do.
In 2013 we had Eric Robson who talked about his time spent on and off camera with the man himself, Alfred Wainwright. We had a bit of a WainwrightFest within the Ulverston WalkFest by inviting staff from the Wainwright Animal Shelter near Kendal to receive the proceeds from the raffle and Wainwright beer was available from the bar. Eric kindly signed copies of his latest book and a 'grand time was 'ad by all'.
In 2014 we invited the Queen's Guide to Morecambe Bay Sands, Cedric Robinson who kept us amused with his anecdotes of leading those mad enough to attempt the crossing of Morecambe Bay sands.
In 2015 we were pleased to have Bill Birkett, author, climber and photographer as our celebrity speaker. Bill's nominated charity was SARDA the search and rescue service with the aid of dogs. The representative from SARDA brought his search dog, Sky who was definately the star of the show! Sorry Bill - you were great as well.
In 2016 we had a wonderful sell-out evening with the iconic fellrunner and farmer Joss Naylor. Joss became known as the King of the Fells or the Iron Man because of his successive peak-bagging records. Awarded the MBE for his services to sport and charity, now in his 80th year, Joss continues to be involved in encouraging young people to get involved in sport. Raffle proceeds at this event went to Joss's nominated charity the Carlisle Children's Hospice and £500 went to The Brathay Trust at Ambleside.
Almost all of our speakers have very generously donated their time for this event for expenses only and we consider ourselves very blessed to have had their presence in enhancing Ulverston WalkFest.
For 2017 we are taking a year off so, unfortunalety, there will not be a Celebrity Speaker. However, we will have another stunning programme of walks and we look forward to seeing you all in 2018.