Walk still on despite weather

ORGANISERS of a popular charity walk in Suffolk today said they hoped the event would go ahead on Sunday amid threats of thundery showers and flooding.

ORGANISERS of a popular charity walk in Suffolk today said they hoped the event would go ahead on Sunday amid threats of thundery showers and flooding.

Parts of Britain were today being buffeted by a major storm which will bring heavy rain and strong winds to our region over the weekend.

This has led to fears that the Orwell Walk, which was cancelled earlier this year due to water-logging, might again be affected by inclement weather.

The 25-mile sponsored walk, organised by the Rotary Club of East Ipswich, sees hundreds of people each year follow the banks of the River Orwell to Felixstowe.

But The Evening Star weatherman Ken Blowers said there is a chance the ground could become saturated during the event.

He said: “They will want a lot of waterproofs on. It could get waterlogged if they catch a heavy shower.

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“A large and deep depression coming in from the south west will be over the UK today, tomorrow and Sunday. That means increasing winds and periods of heavy, thundery showers with a few bright intervals.”

However Norman Haines, one of the walk organisers, remained optimistic and said: “We fully intend that it will go ahead.

“We would prefer better weather than we have got. It will be okay to walk the route at the moment. My forecast is bad today and a few showers over the weekend but not enough to stop the walk.”

The Orwell Walk has raised more than £1million for charities in the area since its inception in 1977.

For more information about this year's walk, call Mr Haines on 01473 215333 or visit www.orwellwalk.org.uk.

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