On a rather blustery Sunday afternoon the Ascension Island’s Commonwealth Walkway was opened on 18th September 2016 and attended by nearly 100 people. Ascension’s Walkway was the twelfth Walkway to be announced but actually the second to be completed.
The official declaring was by Captain Rodney Young, from the RMS St Helena under the direction of The Administrator, His Honour Marc Holland.
The Commonwealth Walkway on Ascension is seven km long and connects 10 of Georgetown’s principal tourist sights. The route is marked with 10 bronze markers and the app is already live so that it can be followed offline, receiving photos and information about where you are as you walk along. More information on the route can be found here.
The Ascension route will take you round the key sights of Georgetown including: The Heritage Museum, Fort Hayes, The Turtle ponds, Exiles Building and the Bicentenary Park, St Mary’s Church and Jubilee View.
His Honour said ” That we have reached the point of being the second territory to open a Commonwealth walkway, would not have been possible without the support and co-operation of a number of people. First, our thanks go to Hugo Vickers and Jim Walker of the Trust for approaching Ascension with the great idea in the first place. The Heritage Society, in particular Helen Scott and Drew Avery have given their full support, including with fund raising and helping to arrange today’s ceremony. Second, special mention should be made to Robert Anthony and his team for all their hard work in installing the bronze markers and plinth. Third, extra special thanks are due to WO Neary Phillips and the Movements team at Brize and the Airhead for organising the transportation of the panel. Ten days ago, we had moved heaven and earth to get the 70kg, 3cubic metre info panel to Brize Norton in time for the opening ceremony to be told it was too big and heavy to be accepted on to the airbridge. So the Trust arranged for the legs to be chopped off and Robert Anthony’s team welded them back on. Great team work, ladies and gentlemen! Finally, I must also mention those without whose financial support the funding of the panel and markers would not have been possible. Their names will be memorialised on the info panel but I will read them now so we can show our appreciation:
- Air tanker
- Bank of St Helena
- Ascension Fishing Charter (Harmatten)
- Bank of St Helena
- Richard James
- W A Thorpe & Sons Ltd.