The Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent is to tackle a 20-mile sponsored walk through the best countryside the city has to offer in aid of his three charities.
Councillor Anthony Munday is fed up with the negative image the city often attracts and what he calls the “lazy surveys” which label the area as one of the worst places to live in England.
And on Sunday 23 April he expects to be joined by a large group of people, including local personalities, on the long distance stomp along the canals and through the green fields of the Potteries.
He said: “We all know Stoke-on-Trent boasts wonderful people and we can also boast some wonderful countryside.
“It really annoys me when people talk our city down and we never have to wait too long before another survey turns up criticising where we live.
“I do quite a bit of walking myself, but I’ve got two very knowledgeable people to plot the most picturesque route possible and that should be finalised in a couple of weeks.
“I hope the walk can help to improve the image of our city. I love living in Stoke-on-Trent and I know most people who live here feel the same.
“I’m a football man and you only have to look at how many players and managers of Stoke City and Port Vale who come to live in the area and never leave. There’s Lou Macari, John Rudge, Gordon Banks, Jimmy Greenhoff, Terry Conroy, Rob van der Laan and many more. They will all tell you they stay because of the warmth and friendliness of the people.
“Our countryside is also special and I’ve already had a lot of interest from people who want to do the walk with me. I have to say the support I’ve received all through my first seven months as Lord Mayor has been incredible.”
Councillor Munday’s chosen charities for his year in office are the North Staffs Heart Committee, the Sir Stanley Matthews Coaching Foundation and the Macari Foundation for homeless people.
If anyone would like to join him for all or just part of the sponsored walk please email email@example.com.