One man and his dog ready for epic walk to mark retirement

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Royal Navy marine engineer David “Yorkie” Stout will hand his warrant card in at HMS Neptune, Glasgow, tomorrow.

He will be seen off by the ship’s Commodore before he sets off on the 250-mile walk home.

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Yorkie, 47, admits it may not be the easiest challenge.

“Stout by name and stout by nature”, he said.

But he has been busy training with loyal companion Flint.

He has been in training for the walk, which he will tackle over two weeks. He hopes to average 20 miles a day and will be staying in caravans along the route.

It will raise money for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

Yorkie will be joined by others, tackling shorter distances for an array of charities. The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity helps provide a better quality of life for serving and former naval personnel. Those joining him for his walk includefamily friend Joanne Dawson, his parents and a group of other ex-servicemen.

During his three-decade career, Yorkie has served on HMS Ark Royal, travelling to the Far East and Australia, HMS Antrim to the West Indies, served in Northern Ireland, and off the east coast of the UK with the Fishery Protection squadron.

His last ship was HMS Echo, serving in the Far East. Yorkie said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Royal Navy and feel the charity walk is a novel and different way of leaving the service, and making that transition into civvy street.

“It’s time for a change,” he said.

“But I’m going to miss the people. I’m looking forward to spending some time in Halifax and with my family.”

Yorkie won’t be idle for long as he is setting up a business as a caravan engineer.

To sponsor him, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ YorkieStout.

You can follow his progress at http://yorkiestout.blogspot.com.

He will be met back in Queensbury at noon on March 10 at The George III pub in Chapel Street in Queensbury.

Members of his local scooter club, Phoenix Bradford Scooter Club which he is a member of, will ride in with him for the final leg.