Rugby Salvation Army major begins a long walk

Pictured is Joe Bailey, who will be walking 130km, to celebrate the 130th Anniversary, of the Salvation Army.

Pictured is Joe Bailey, who will be walking 130km, to celebrate the 130th Anniversary, of the Salvation Army.

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TO MARK 130 years of the Salvation Army’s presence in Rugby, Joe Bailey is marching 130km - in just two days.

The Salvation Army major will be undertaking the challenge – equivalent to 90 miles – next Thursday and Friday when he walks along the Oxford Canal starting at Oxford. He’ll then spend the next day marching to Banbury before spending the night and completing the walk on Friday - hopefully arriving in Hillmorton in the evening.

Mr Bailey, who is a major in the Salvation Army with his wife, Sally, said: “The Salvation Army has been marching the streets of this town since 1882, and although the traffic on the roads today does not allow us to physically march any more we still seek to share in the lives of the people of Rugby through Christian words and actions.

“I’m hoping to raise £1,300 from the march and so if anyone reading this article has personal memories of the Salvation Army in Rugby or maybe had a family member who belonged to the Army you may like to give a donation in their memory to the current work we’re doing.”

There are other events planned for the rest of the year including a 1.3 mile walk around Ryton Pools on June 23 and also an 130th Anniversary Celebration Weekend in November.

To sponsor Joe, contact Joe or Margaret Bailey on (01788) 542347 or call in to the Hall in Bennfield Road.