Somerset’s Lord Lieutenant Annie Maw will soon be setting off on the sixth leg of her Jubilee Jaunt, paying tribute as part of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
The Lord Lieutenant has been working her way across Somerset on a 70-mile trek broken down into seven 10-mile sections, stretching from Clevedon all the way down to Exmoor.
This latest part of the adventure will be commencing on Saturday July 9th, taking in the beautiful West Somerset coastline.
The Jaunt will start at The Tank car park on the outskirts of Minehead and will follow the South West Coast Path to Selworthy Beacon, then on to Bossington Hill before heading back down into Minehead and finishing at Foxes Academy.
Mrs Maw broke her back in a horse riding accident 20 years ago resulting in paraplegia. But she hasn’t let life in a wheelchair get in the way of commemorating Her Majesty’s reign, and has already completed 50 miles of her journey in her motorised buggy.
As with all legs of the Jubilee Jaunt, Mrs Maw will be accompanied by young people taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, including students from Foxes’ Academy and local cadets. Members of a local disabled Ramblers group will also be joining in.
Mrs Maw said: “It has been a real honour and a joy to have had a chance to share this adventure with Duke of Edinburgh Award students as this was a scheme which was so close to the heart of Her Majesty’s dear late husband.
“I am so looking forward to this leg, which I know will have the most stunning views of our glorious Somerset coastline.”
Deputy Lieutenant Chris Davies, who is organising the adventure, said the Jubilee Jaunt was an ideal way to show what the monarchy means to the people of Somerset.
Mr Davies said: “Annie has already seen so much of our county with this jaunt and met so many lovely people along the way. For logistical reasons it hasn’t been possible to take other members of the public along the route – but to have seen so many people cheering her on her way has been heart warming.”
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Notes to editors:
- There will be opportunities for photographs/filming and interviews at the start of the Jubilee Jaunt – 10.30 am on July 9th. The Tank car park is about a mile from the centre of Minehead on North Hill. The nearest postcode (TA24 5TY) will take you to the Minehead Camping and Caravan site on North Hill. Continue along North Hill for around 500 yards and you will reach the car park.