One of Saddleworth’s biggest fundraising events has been cancelled.
The Saddleworth Beer Walk, which helped raise up to £45,000 each year for local good causes, has been called off for financial reasons.
According to the Oldham Advertiser, organisers from the Saddleworth Round Table have been told they’d need to cover the costs of managing traffic and the post-event clean-up for the first time. That’s estimated at £58,000, so the organisers have decided to call the event off.
Nobody from the Round Table had got back to Saddleworth News with a comment by the time this article was published. If they do, I’ll add it in here.
The Saddleworth Beer Walk traditionally takes place the day after Whit Friday. Last summer’s event was the 38th, and it’s grown from small beginnings so that now thousands of people turn up in fancy dress every year, drinking and marching around the villages. Fundraisers walk from Greenfield, through Uppermill, Dobcross, Delph, Diggle and back, and are rewarded with a drink at ten beer stations.
However, there was criticism of this year’s event when it seemed that many of the beer walkers hadn’t paid the £20 entry fee, and were simply tagging along with the crowd with their own supplies of beer.
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