IT was a fiery start to this year’s Isle of Wight Walking Festival as fundraisers took on a brave challenge in Newport’s St. Thomas’ Square last night. 

Over 20 people plucked up the courage to walk barefoot across burning hot embers in the annual Fire Walk, cheered on by hundreds of supporters.

First across was bass-guitarist Mark King of Level 42, who took the unique walking challenge with ease following a ‘learn or burn’ motivational seminar which was delivered to all of those involved.

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If that wasn’t wild enough, a similar daredevil walk was held earlier in the evening seeing men and women of all ages walk across 2000 broken wine bottles.

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The event was held in aid of Beaulieu House, a repsite centre for children on the Isle of Wight, of which Mark King is patron of.

Further details about the festival can be found at www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk.

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