REMEMBER WHEN: Charity fatigue hits Boundary Walk

Welcome to Remember When..., which sees assistant editor Nicola Hine take a weekly look back through our archives, spanning nearly 150 years, to bring you snapshots from Maidenhead's past.

Nicola Hine

Back in 1986, the Rotary Boundary Walk saw a disappointing turnout of only 300 walkers.

Organisers put it down to a glut of charity events over the summer months, but the participants still managed to raise £7,500 for about 50 different charities.

First to complete the 14-mile route around the boundary of the old Maidenhead borough was Keith Hall from Maidenhead Athletic Club, who ran it in 2hr 10min, but the fastest finisher was Desborough School pupil Andrew Wilcox, who ran the route in 1hr 54min.

The oldest walker on the day was Don Cooper, who was 70.

Rotarian Alan Gillott, chairman of the Boundary Walk organising committee said: “It’s a good day out for people and on top of that it gives them the opportunity to raise money for their favourite charities.”

1986: Work had started on refurbishing Skindles Hotel in an attempt to restore it to its former glory.

The wine bar and Rocking Horse bar were being refashioned in an art deco style to recreate the Twenties and Thirties atmosphere of the hotel’s heyday.

All of the rooms were to be redecorated, the exterior smartened up and reception area re-modelled.

The driving force was manager Lorna Manning, 24, who joined as a receptionist just two years before.

“I love it here. There's a lovely feel about the place,” she said. “It went right downhill but everyone here wants it to work.

“People have let us down in the past and we have just kept going.

“Now, it's finally going to happen.”

The refurbishment work was funded by Skindles owner Abdul Shanzie, who had decided to keep the hotel after putting it up for sale in February that year.

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