The Walk – Stage 8

Mayor Catherine Doody, Major Haydn Pritchard, Michael Cooper, Town Crier David Shelley, Rev Richard Maslen

Sunday 11th April – The final leg of the walk from Dauntsey Lock to Malmesbury. Along the mile drive then the old disabled railway into Great Somerford. Aiming to arrive in Malmesbury to be at the Cloister Gardens by 2pm to see who is there at the reunion. Mayor of Malmesbury Councillor Catherine Doody will be meeting us at Malmesbury Abbey. My father, Roy Cooper has a memorial plaque in the Cloister gardens due to his service to the community over a number of years. He also served in the Navy during the war and the walk is in memory of his service. Meet up with Richard and walk into Malmesbury enjoying the weather and country. Perfect timing since we meet up with some friends and have a pint in the Bell as per old times before arriving in the Cloister Gardens for the reunion ceremony. Major Haydn Pritchard of the Welsh Guards and 9RLC regiment in full uniform waiting for the official pics and talk. Photographer from Wilts Gazette there ready to take photographs. Meet a large number of old friends and after the speeches and photos walk round to the town hall for tea, coffee and biscuits etc. Did not really have time to pop into the Abbey to see King Athelstan’s tomb. But probably still there after over 1000 years! St Dunstan from Glastonbury accompanied Athelstan’s sisters when they were taken to Europe to marry the Holy Romand Emperor and the King of the Franks. The 4 gospels produced around 900 and given to Athelstan when King are now on display at the Lambeth Library.
What a super day and I am going to miss the freedom of the walk. What super hospitality from the Malmesbury folk – all due to Dad’s popularity and service to the community. Jim Toogood gives an interesting and amusing speech on Father’s term as Mayor plus the Mace Bearer at the time.
I am going to really miss the freedom of the walk and the simple pleasures.
Can I thank everyone on behalf of the charity Help for Heroes for your support. Especially Andrew Carnegie who came back from holiday for the Sunday reunion and his generous donation. Also his arranging for the military presence from the 9 RLC regiment from Hullavington. Major Haydn Pritchard. Thanks also to Mayor Coun Catherine Doody. Also Rev Richard Maslen, who gave me the encouragement throughout the planning process and the actual walk to complete the whole thing on time. Many many thanks.

4 Responses to “The Walk – Stage 8”

  1. Terry Cooper says:

    Hi Mike,
    Hope you made it ?

    Sure you did, well done.


  2. Great job! Nice! Keep it up!

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