THE history and tradition of Grappenhall Walking Day will return to the streets of the village later this month.

The popular event, which dates back almost 180 years, will this year take place on Saturday, June 24 and includes the walk and summer fair.

Rev Jane Proudfoot, rector of St Wilfrid’s Church in Grappenhall, said the day will be a great family event.

She added: “Walking day followed by the summer fair is a wonderful opportunity for the community to get together.

“Catching up with old friends and making new ones, everyone is welcome in Grappenhall.”

The day will begin at 12.45pm with a celebratory community worship led by Rev Proudfoot on St Wilfrid’s School field.

The crowd will then begin their annual walk of witness around Grappenhall village, led by Dobcross Youth Band.

Grappenhall Walking Day, a tradition which goes back almost 180 years, holds many fond memories for residents of the area.

At the field the new Rose Queen Olivia Proctor and Rose Bud Holly Higham will be crowned and the summer fair will be opened.

Organisers have confirmed there will be new additions to the event this year with a hog roast, Nerf gun arcade, an Elsa and Anna sing-a-long as well as stalls to browse and all the favourites from last year.