In 1967 the youth of Huddersfield was invited to take part in a 30 mile sponsored walk around the boundary of the town - Marathon '67 - in order to raise funds for the Cheshire Home at Edgerton. Believe it or not, but this was one of the first sponsored walks in the country - how times have changed.
We raised so much money that the organisers decided that another walk would be held in 1968. For this, I and my fellow 9th Venture Scouts [equivalent of today's Explorer Scouts] joined with the 43rd — and pulled a bath round! Money raised from Marathon '68 was to be used for our and future generations of Huddersfield youths.
The result was that an old guest house was purchased in Kettlewell and subsequently converted into a hostel. The remaining funds were put into a Trust Fund for the running of "Wharfeside House".
Phil Hayhurst [43rd], Dave Ellis [9th], Andrew Hoskin [43rd], ??? [43rd], Dave Calverley [9th]
with Roger France [43rd] in the bath
Phil Hayhurst [43rd], Steve Wadsworth [9th], Dave Whitehead [43rd VSL], Martin ["Fred"] Shaw [9th], ???, John Ives [9th], Dave Calverley [9th], Andrew Hoskin [43rd], ???, Dave Ellis [9th]
with Helen Astley [now John's wife] in the bath