Mayor takes on blind folded walk of Huntingdon to spread safety message

Mayor of Huntingdon, Councillor Daryl Brown, taking a guided walk around the town

Mayor of Huntingdon, Councillor Daryl Brown, taking a guided walk around the town - Credit: Archant

The mayor of Huntingdon was given a slightly different tour of the town last month as he embarked on a blindfolded walk.

Mayor of Huntingdon, Councillor Daryl Brown

Mayor of Huntingdon, Councillor Daryl Brown - Credit: Archant

Organised by the charity Guide Dogs, Councillor Daryl Brown experienced a number of the hazards that are faced by those who are blind or partially sighted.

During the walk Cllr Brown came across A-Boards, café furniture spilling out and across the pavements, and poor contractor health and safety.

Helen Sismore, community engagement for East Anglia, said: “What a wonderful sport he [Cllr Brown] was, even though it was a bitterly cold day.

“Whatever mobility aid a person who is blind or partially sighted use they still have the basic right to be able to walk freely and independently navigating their outside environment safely.”


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On the day Cllr Brown was joined by walkers, guide dog owners and volunteers.

In an attempt to spread its message the organisation also spoke to the town’s rangers and Shopmobility to highlight the issues that those with sight loss face on a day to day basis.

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