Walkers revive ancient beating the bounds tradition for charity

PUBLISHED: 09:58 04 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:58 04 October 2016

Mayor Greta Goatley relives the ancient tradition

Mayor Greta Goatley relives the ancient tradition


Money raised will go to the mayor's charity fund

More than 60 walkers revived the ancient tradition of beating the bounds at the weekend to raise money for charity.

The volunteers trekked the 30-mile boundary of Gravesham over the course of two days, with the final six miles travelled by boat on the River Thames.

Mayor of Gravesham Greta Goatley and deputy mayor Harold Craske relived the tradition, in which young people were literally hit about the head at boundary points around the old borough of Gravesend to ‘get it into their heads’ when the only way of keeping boundaries in place was to pass the information down from generation to generation.

Funds raised will go to the Mayor’s Charity Fund, which this year is supporting Ellenor Hospice Children and Young Adults and Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Services.

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