Super Ted leads the way in fundraising walk

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A village fireworks display can go ahead after all, after a fundraising dog walk helped replace stolen funds.

More than 200 people and 40 dogs turned out on Sunday for the dog walk round Tingewick, organised by five-year-old Ted Heritage.

The walk aimed to help replace money for the Tingewick fireworks display that was stolen from the Royal Oak pub.

About £700, collected by villagers throughout the year for the annual Bonfire Night display, was taken by thieves last month.

Ted, from Dadford, invited pupils and parents from Roundwood Primary School, in Tingewick and Gawcott, to take part in the fundraising dog walk, for a suggested donation of £3.

Blessed with sunny autumn weather, dog walkers turned out in droves, including a number from the Swan School of Dog Training, in Finmere.

Ted’s mum, Lizzie, told the Advertiser: “It was astounding – over 200 people turned up and 40 dogs.

“We had so many different breeds of dogs, it was brilliant. We had everything from chihuahuas to great Danes.”

Ted and Lizzie were at the village early to put up balloons to mark the way, and went round again at the end to make sure there was no dog mess.

Lizzie said: “It was quite emotional really, so many people came along and put their hands in their pockets.

“We raised an amazing amount in an hour.

“By the end of the dog walk, we had raised over £350 but more donations were pouring in.

“Ted and I were overwhelmed by the support and generosity.”

Royal Oak landlord Tony Diston said: “They did terrifically well and they left it spotlessly clean.

“It was a valiant effort from Ted.”

Thanks to the money raised from Ted’s walk and other donations, the stolen funds have now been fully replaced, so the village fireworks can go ahead as planned.

And local hero Ted has been invited to walk alongside Mr Diston at the head of the Bonfire Night procession.