A PEARL OF GREAT PRICE
[30 Years of the West End Christian Walking Club]
For many of us the Walking Club is something beyond price
Its value to us o’er 30 years an ‘earthly paradise’
Good company and exercise and time for conversation
As on the paths and o’er the hills we took each month’s gyration
From earliest ventures on old Tinto’s rising slopes
We gradually realized what is every nascent walker’s hope
To learn to value the great outdoors with all that it can offer
The many splendoured gifts our countryside did proffer
So gradually o’er thirty years of meandering in the hills
Through forest lands and open fields beside a shady rill
In summer’s sun and winters chill and every kind of weather
We never let the climate affect our monthly pleasure
All sorts of walkers have formed our happy band
Not just the Scots or English but souls from every land
O’er decades many strange tongues have joined in dialogue
It is a mystery to me how they understood our Scottish brogue!
So here we are after thirty years still happily united
The fellowship, still much alive, by time has not been blighted
If this were a marriage it would now be our Pearl Celebration
So boundless thanks to Glenda is our loud acclamation!
Ditto. Well versed.