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Chafford Hundred residents step out to support Thurrock 100 walking festival

PUBLISHED: 12:59 14 July 2015 | UPDATED: 13:11 14 July 2015

A community walk sets off from Chafford Gorges Nature Centre.

A community walk sets off from Chafford Gorges Nature Centre.

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Scores of Chafford Hundred residents set off on a 10-mile walk around Chafford Hundred and South Stifford as part of Thurrock 100, the new community walking festival which built on the success of last year’s Beat the Street.

The Chafford walk was one of 10 around Thurrock and began at the Chafford Gorges Nature Park on July 13.

The circular walk saw school pupils, local residents of all ages and dog walkers, including Brian Pinder from Tilbury with his chihuahua, Misty.

Walkers continued through the gorges to South Stifford and then on to St Clement’s Church, continuing through Chafford Hundred to Mardyke Way, and then back to the nature park.

Director and artist of local arts company Kinetika, Ali Pretty, worked with local people to make 10 four metre high silk flags, which were carried, Olympic torch style, on each walk.

Earlier in the month, Essex boy and reality TV star Jeff Brazier got wound up in the Thurrock 100 flag to show his support for the walking festival whilst prepping for his second panto season at Thameside Theatre.

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