TILLINGTON residents are now able to legally walk along one of their footpaths without fear of being called trespassers.
They marked an historic occasion last Saturday, celebrating the public opening of the footpath from the glebe field to the recreation ground, meaning walkers will no longer be trespassing.
The path, long used unofficially, provides a short cut for people living in The Harrows and Westside area without them having to walk along the road, which could be both dangerous and inconvenient.
Gerald Gresham Cooke was the forerunner in this exciting new development.
He said: “We had an excellent turnout to walk the 20 minutes on the new Permissive Path with more than 30 humans and 13 dogs taking part.
“They were all locals, including many from Westside and The Harrows in Tillington who wanted to celebrate this historic event - legalising an unofficial path for so long.
“These residents will benefit a great deal by this path, thus avoiding the road.”
The walking party were met by Lord Egremont’s Land Agent, Simon Knight, at the top by the Recreation Ground where he cut the tape and then declared the path officially open for use.
They then proceeded to toast the event with drinks and a party to commemorate the occasion.
Mr Cooke added: “For me this was a delightful moment after more than 24 months of work.”