Each walker touched by emotional occasion

TEARS of joy and sadness mixed with the rain as walkers remember loved ones or were overwhelmed by the support around them.

Almost all of the 2,500 people who walked up to five miles around Wicksteed Park in aid of Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Appeal had their own story to tell.

Angie Middleton, 46, of Desborough, who has suffered breast cancer, liver cancer and will find out if the disease has spread to her lungs today, said: “It’s amazing. There are so many people. They are all fantastic and doing their own bit.”

Trevor Wilson, of Shire Lodge, Corby, was walking on his 40th birthday in memory of his mother, who died of stomach cancer two years ago.

“She brought him to the park as a child and again in recent years as she battled the disease.

He said: “It’s a day of reflection. Wicksteed Park has always been a special place for our family.

“It’s probably the most magical place in the whole of Northamptonshire.”

Despite still undergoing treatment Doreen Crowe, 69, of Rushden, managed to complete a mile.

She said: “I’ve got two daughters walking, six grandchildren, a sister and friends.”

Peter Knell, 64, of Alexander Road, Irthlingborough, who was walking in support of his wife, who has suffered breast cancer, in a policeman’s hat decorated with marijuana leaves, said: “It’s brilliant. It’s a good local charity. You know everything you raise is going locally to Northampton and Kettering hospitals.”

Anita Neil, of Wellingborough, who was walking dressed in a feather boa, tutu, two wigs and long false eyelashes – all pink – in memory of her grandmother, grandfather, aunt, uncle and friends who have died of cancer, said: “It’s awesome.”