BARNSTAPLE S new Mayor and his deputy have promised that they will be taking big strides for their town during the forthcoming municipal year - and they have vowed to start by taking some big steps in aid of the Children s Hospice South West s Precious Li

BARNSTAPLE'S new Mayor and his deputy have promised that they will be taking big strides for their town during the forthcoming municipal year - and they have vowed to start by taking some big steps in aid of the Children's Hospice South West's Precious Lives Appeal, next month.Mayor Cllr Jeremy Philips and deputy Cllr Ian Roome have pledged to walk 10 miles from Barnstaple to Bideford as part of this year's Big South West Walk, taking place on June 14.The councillors, sworn in at the town's annual mayor-making ceremony on Monday evening, will be joining hundreds of other hospice supporters taking part in 84 walks which will take in 630 miles of the South West coastline."I am delighted to be following in my predecessors' footsteps by supporting local charities," said new Mayor Cllr Phillips."I want to lose as much weight as I can during the next 12 months and the Big South West Walk will be a great way for me to start."Deputy mayor Cllr Roome, a project co-ordinator at Little Bridge House, said that hundreds of people had already signed up to take part in the walks."The North Devon walk leaves Barnstaple Square at 11am after warm-up entertainment provided by the roadshowhire.com live stage," he said."Once people have arrived at Bideford Quay, Stagecoach has offered to supply a bus to take everyone safely home to Barnstaple free of charge. Alternatively, Stagecoach will be supplying tickets so that people can take a bus home later in the day at their leisure."This event is all about taking precious steps for those that are unable to do it themselves," he added. Please contact the hospice for a registration pack and get involved."n To sign up, email events@chsw.org.uk or call (01271) 325270 for an information pack.