MORE than 100 people turned out for a 26-mile walk in memory of a popular Dales man last weekend.

Friends and family members of Andrew Tobbell, of Barnard Castle, took on the challenge on Saturday in memory of the 47-year-old who took his own life last year.

The event was organised by Mr Tobbell’s family, who hoped to raise at least £5,000 for ManHealth - a community interest company which runs support groups across the North-East to help men with any mental health issues they might have.

Mr Tobbell’s brother, Ian Tobbell, said a new group has just opened in Barnard Castle and the family was keen to support it in the hope of helping others.

He said the walk was a "moving experience" and the majority of people walked the whole route.

"We have absolutely smashed our target of £5,000 and will let people know the exact amount once we have had all the money in - we have a lot of thank yous to write," he said.

Walkers started the walk at Scar Top, at 8.30am before making their way through the villages of Cotherstone, Eggleston, Middleton-in-Teesdale, Mickleton and Romaldkirk before returning to Barnard Castle Cricket Club for a drink in Mr Tobbell's honour.

Mr Tobbell's widow, Claire Tobbell said: "As a family we are overwhelmed by the whole town coming together again and so grateful for all the support they have shown us."

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