AN annual walk commemorating one of the key dates in the Island’s history is to take place with a new leader this year.
For more than a decade, the walk to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Jersey has been organised by local historian Frank Falle, but for 2022 he is to pass on the baton.
Fellow historian Ian Ronayne has agreed to take on responsibility for the annual event, which will take place on Saturday 8 January. The walk will start in St Mary and culminate at the usual finish point at the Royal Square in St Helier.
The Battle of Jersey happened on 6 January 1781, when Islanders led by Major Francis Peirson marched to St Helier to take on the French troops who had invaded the Island. The French were defeated, although Major Peirson was killed during the battle.
Mr Falle said: ‘It is a story I have enjoyed recalling through words, walking and commemoration for several years now.
‘Having reached a certain age, however, it feels the right time to hand over responsibilities for organising and leading the walk. I am pleased Ian has agreed to take it on, and I am sure he will continue doing this important event justice.’
Taking over the event was a ‘great honour’, Mr Ronayne said, adding: ‘I am hugely grateful to Frank – not only for asking me to take over leading the walks, but also for his commitment to this cause over the years.’
The 2022 starting point at St Mary’s Parish Hall will mark the departure in 1781 of members of the Jersey Militia’s 1st (North-West) Regiment.
Walkers will meet at 8.45am for a short talk prior to the walk starting at 9am.
There is no charge for joining, but participants will be encouraged to donate to the Gurkha Welfare Trust, a charity supported by Mr Falle.