TV heritage buff John Grundy’s call to arms for protest walk

John Grundy on the Bedeswalk

John Grundy on the Bedeswalk

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TV star John Grundy is urging people to join him in a protest walk.

About 100,000 people will walk for a month from Gwalior to New Delhi in India, in one of the world’s biggest non-violent campaigns.

It’s part of a fight to get control over their land and resources .

The march has been organised by Christian Aid partner, Ekta Parishad. To raise awareness in the North East, there will be a walk of solidarity.

A 12-mile trek, which starts at St Peter’s in Monkwearmouth and finishes at Bede’s World in Jarrow, shows off the region’s outstanding natural beauty.

John said: “The walk is varied and attractive and although it is 12 miles, it is doable, even with my artificial hips. The area between Monkwearmouth and Jarrow is unexpectedly beautiful.

“Great work has been done to bring the industrial land back from the brink of decay and it deserves to be seen.”

John was persuaded to take part in the walk by Christian Aid staff two years ago and was struck by the beauty of the area and the fun of the walkers.

He added: “The rich and enthralling history of the land is also another reason to take part.”

After recounting tales of Bede to the walkers, John was encouraged to write them down and has since written a booklet on the history of Bede and the route of the walk, with all proceeds going to Christian Aid and partner organisations, such as Ekta Parishad.

This year, the walk will take place on October 6.

If anyone wants to take part in the Bede’s Way Walk, they can sign up online at www.christianaid.org.uk/walks or call the North East office on 228 0115. For a copy of John’s booklet, contact Christian Aid’s North East office on 228 0115.

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