Men dig their heels to take a stand against domestic violence

PCC commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson joins the White Ribbon Campaign Heels Walk
PCC commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson joins the White Ribbon Campaign Heels Walk

Men in Hebden Bridge put their best foot forward to stand up against domestic violence.

The annual walk, organised by Mytholmroyd-based anti-domestic charity The White Ribbon Campaign (WRC), saw men put on a pair of high heels and strut their stuff around the town.

The event was made all that more special this year by an appearance from the newly-elected West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson – his first official engagement in his new role.

Mr Burns-Williamson said: “It’s been a devastating time for Hebden Bridge, and the rest of the Calder Valley, after the floods and I am delighted to be here.

“I have been elected as the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire and I think it’s important that I am out and about in the area.

“Well done to the people for organising this walk. There’s a growing awareness of the WRC and I want to help in any way I can.”

Twelve people took part in the one-mile walk and carried WRC banners and ribbons around the route. WRC leaflets were also handed out to members of the public, who showed their support by either cheering or pipping their car horns.

Chris Hancox, from the WRC, said: “I was very pleased with how the walk went, and especially pleased that the new police and crime commissioner came along and showed his commitment to eradicating male violence against women and girls.

“It was also nice to see local men coming out and putting their faces to the campaign.

“This activity is symbolic and I would like to thank everybody for their support.”

The walk is held to coincide with White Ribbon Day, also known as the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which takes place tomorrow (Sunday, November 25).

Superintendent Methodist Minister Rev Tony Buglass, who took part in this year’s walk, said he would be talking about domestic violence in his church service tomorrow.

“The amount of violence against women is frightening and if we can just draw attention to it then that can only be a good thing,” said Rev Buglass.

For more information, or to sign an anti-domestic violence pledge, visit www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk.