The weather couldn’t have been better for the official opening of the gate—it was sunny and warm.
At least forty people gathered in sunshine by the gate for the ceremony at 2pm. Some went on the walk in the morning, some joined members of the Godalming & Haslemere Ramblers in The Mill for lunch and others arrived just for the event. The owner of the property next to the gate obtained permission for cars to park in the adjacent field and kindly provided tea and cakes for all after the ceremony.
The footpath from opposite The Mill to Fulbrook Lane was less boggy than usual so those who used it escaped being splashed in mud. The oak gate, installed by five members of the group’s Footpath Working Party on January 19, looked good in the sunshine. The widow of DH who cut the purple ribbon wrapped round it likened it to him: strong, sturdy and reliable.