It’s now gone down as a day of legend and folklore in Antrim. It was the day when the sun was splitting the trees and over 70 Mad Hatters stepped out for Eye Feel Good.
Registration took place at the Back Shed under the careful supervision of Annemarie Steele. Colin and Shauna, from Starbucks, were also keep busy by fuelling the Mad Hatters with coffee. The atmosphere outside the Cova was like a carnival as every passing car and bus sounded their horns in appreciation of the colourful sight of the Mad Hatters.
Mr Tayto popped in to say hello and hand out lots of crisps and goodies before the Mad Hatters set off through Antrim Town towards the first drink stop at the Muckamore Cricket Club.
The Hatters were met by Jean and Ian Montgomery who handed out lots of delicous Feel Good Drinks and Haribos at the Cricket Club. With their thirst quenched and on a Haribo high the Hatters set off along the picturesque Moylena Banks towards the next stop at the Dublin Road. Along the way the Antrim Fire Brigade provided the Hatters with an impressive display with their Big Hose
At the Dublin Road stop the Hatters were able to treat themselves to an ice cream from "Alan’s Ices". Alan is now the favourite ice cream man in Antrim as he helped to cool down the Mad Hatters on one of the warmest days of the year so far. Colin and Shauna, from Starbucks, had also set up the Starbucks gazebo to provide welcome shade from the sun and a tasty cup of coffee for any thirsty Hatters needing a perk up for the final leg.
The final stage of the walk took the Hatters through Reas wood, past the Antrim Forum and back to the Cova Inn to well earned refreshments.
As the evening wore on and the sun began to set on the weary Hatters there was much talk about how had the biggest blisters and who had the best hat on the day. Melissa Kirkpatrick was even heard to say that according to her pedometer, the walk was over 12k. Well, we did say it was a Mad Hatters Walk and nothing is quite as it seems.
Eye Feel Good was absolutely delighted with the turn out on the day. Well done to everybody who took part. Not only was this an amazing charity event but it was an amazing day for Antrim Town.
Richard Fee, Eye Feel Good’s Chairman, said "This kind of event captures the ethos of Eye Feel Good. It’s about raising money for charity but at the same time doing something different and having alot of fun doing it. We are really confident that we are going to have a fantastic message at our May Ball about what we have achieved this year."
Eye Feel Good would like to say special thanks to the following:
- Mr Tayto
- Cova Inn
- Feel Good Drinks Company
- Starbucks at Junction One Antrim
- Alan’s Ices
- Suzanne and Jayne (The Face Painters)
- Jean and Ian for handing out the drinks
- Annemarie and friend for registering all the walkers