Dozens brave weather for organised days out

Start the New Year with a breath of fresh air and a leg stretch on Moor Park.  Friends Group and Park Rangers together stroll through the park at the start of the New Year.'Pictured are Rangers Steve Smith with Sylvia Grieve, Rob Singleton, Anne Hyde, Corinne Cragg and Ranger Andy Kennion.'2nd January 2016

Start the New Year with a breath of fresh air and a leg stretch on Moor Park. Friends Group and Park Rangers together stroll through the park at the start of the New Year.'Pictured are Rangers Steve Smith with Sylvia Grieve, Rob Singleton, Anne Hyde, Corinne Cragg and Ranger Andy Kennion.'2nd January 2016

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WALKERS with calories to burn after Christmas and New Year put their best feet forward in mass strolls around two of Preston’s parks.

The city council organised the double event in Moor Park and Haslam Park over the weekend to help blow off the cobwebs and get folk ready to return to work and school today.

And both walks – in Moor Park on Saturday morning and Haslam Park on Sunday afternoon – proved a success with dozens of outdoor types answering the call to get a breath of fresh air.

The Moor Park event was timed for the morning to avoid Preston North End’s home game with Rotherham at the adjacent Deepdale stadium in the afternoon.

Walkers were invited to “start the New Year with a breath of fresh air and a leg-stretch” around what is Preston’s biggest and oldest public park which is currently undergoing restoration work thanks to money from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund.

They were welcomed by the park’s Friends Group and the park ranger before setting off for the hour-long trek.

Then yesterday afternoon another hardy band braved atrocious weather at Haslam Park.