Last Year’s Event

Nottingham Barefoot Walk 2013

(Barefoot 2014 will be on Sunday 7th September)

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What an amazing day The Nottingham Barefoot Walk at Wollaton Park was! We had hundreds of people turn up to support us and our charities – The Nottingham Hospitals Charity and The Children’s Air Ambulance. Everybody had a great time and we got some great pictures from photographer Marcus Holdsworth to prove it!

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All of Marcus Holdsworth’s photo’s for the event can be viewed in his Facebook album here. If you came along – why not tag yourself in his photo’s?

Sam Sangha, Trade Ambassador for Nottingham, did us the very great honour of opening the walk and received a certificate of thanks and a bottle of Spinato Prosecco for his trouble.

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Here he is cutting the ribbon surrounded by Amy from Nottingham Evening PostKat Markowska from Fiskars who provided the ribbon and scissors, Lee Todd who created the Barefoot Walk, myself, Becki Eley from BeeUnique Events & Weddings who donated all her time and expertise to us free of charge, and Kayleigh, Lucy & Michelle from Gem 106 FM. Ever working, Mr Sangha also took time out to walk around and meet with all the traders at the event. His help and advice was much appreciated by all.

Sammy The Hamster came along with Lucy, Michelle and Kayleigh to the delight of the kids (and some of the adults too!) as Gem 106 FM were a major sponsor of the event and had given us lots of free air-time.

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I’m Not From London were our stage management company for the day and what a line-up they arranged:

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The Establishment

The AfterDark Movement

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Big Rhino

The Gorgeous Chans

Prisms

What The Funk!

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and Arisxandra Libantino from Britain’s Got Talent!

They were supported on the day by sound man Sam of JNS who was incredibly good and now all the bands and I’m Not From London want to work with him again in the future! Equipment kindly donated by Loud & Clear Productions Ltd, The Drum Centre and thanks also to Haydn Waplington from DHL who secured the stage for us.

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Sam Bowery was there with his delicious local Real Ales from Wollaton Brewery CompanyReviva 100% natural fruit juices and his Spinato Prosecco from Piemonte, which added a touch of class to the day (as long as you didn’t go mad on it!) I couldn’t help myself at one point and put the Spinato Prosecco into a pint glass with a Mango & Orange Reviva fruit juice to make the best cocktail I’ve had in years. I’m thinking of calling it the Barefoot Cocktail and you’re all invited to share one with me next year!

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JT Beedhams, award-winning master butchers and suppliers of fine meats to
Michelin Starred chefs such as Nottingham’s own Sat Bains, provided the best hog-roast anyone had ever tasted. Partly because Jason had been there working on the cooking since 11pm the night before! Ah, if only everybody who cooked for me had the same level of talent and dedication!

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Thanks for the volunteers who turned up on the day – you were great and thoroughly deserved (and enjoyed) your free refreshments from JT Beedhams!

Thank you Arthur from 1st Aid 999 who provided medical support and dry humour throughout the day and went above and beyond the call of duty to help one young lady who will remain nameless. Next time, instead of a fully kitted out ambulance, maybe Arthur should come in shining armour on a white horse!

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Special thanks to all the tradestands who supported the event and donated to the cause as well:-

Ali and staff at the Peri Peri Chicken stall, Karen and staff at Chocanana, Ben & Co at Wollaton Bouncy Castles, Mark James and the team from Hooters, Siana and Liam from Mecca Bingo in Beeston, Lisa from Deli-CiousLookers HondaSimply Cakes, Tracey & Amy from Nottingham Evening Post and everyone at Electric Rainbow!

It was a great success and next year it will be even bigger. Special thanks to Paul Sensky for making the Barefoot website and Dominic Corder, Michael Henson, Tim ElliottTim Bellamy and everybody else at The Nottingham Institute who were instrumental in getting Nottingham behind us AND LASTLY to Mr. Lee Todd who’s original vision this was, We Salute You Sir! (here he is wearing Number 1!)

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Well Done Lee!

& thank you to everyone who supported us in any way – we couldn’t have done it without you!

SEE YOU ALL NEXT YEAR!

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