Dogs lead the way at Fressingfield charity walk

The village of Fressingfield plays host to their annual New Year's Day walk.

The village of Fressingfield plays host to their annual New Year's Day walk. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

A countryside stroll could be said to be the perfect way to enjoy the start of the new year.

And in one north Suffolk village the arrival of 2016 was warmly welcomed this morning by a small army of dogs and their owners who enjoyed the chance to take a five mile walk for charity.

Today saw the 22nd annual charity dog walk take pace in Fressingfield, near Diss, with 100 people and dogs of all sizes and breeds setting off from the Swan Inn pub at 10.30am.

The walk was raising funds for the East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) nook appeal to build a £10m hospice at Framingham Earl.

And as well as dogs leading the way in the charity stakes the walk also witnessed the familiar sight of donkeys joining in the village stroll.

The 22 charity walks have been organised by Fressingfield couple Steve and Carol Wyatt and Mr Wyatt took part in the stroll with his five-year-old border collie Bliss.

The last 21 walks have raised more than £62,000, and the last four walks before today's raised nearly £12,000 between them for Help for Heroes.

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After people completed their walks they enjoyed a free bowl of soup and bread at the Swan Inn.