CELEBRATIONS were in order as a Solihull walking group marked its 20th anniversary.
Striders and Strollers held a special awards event at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre, attended by the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Ken Meeson.
The event was held as a thank you to Brian Williams who led the first Striders and Strollers Solihull walk 20 years ago in September 2001.
He was also presented with an award by the Mayor.
The walks continue to be popular to this day and the 84-year-old has developed a variety of routes using his excellent knowledge of the area.
Awards were also handed over to walk leaders, Bernard Shaw and John Bullock.
Brian Williams said: “I started walking to keep fit and explore Solihull’s natural environment.
“I am proud of how far Striders and Strollers has come and am grateful to everyone who has joined the walks over the years.
“It was lovely to be recognised in this way and I hope that it inspires more people to walk and stay active.”
There are now 13 Striders and Strollers walks across the borough which give people the opportunity to explore their surroundings and environments.
They are suitable for different levels of walking abilities and are free to attend.
The Mayor of Solihull said: “It was lovely to celebrate Brian’s achievements and dedication to walking, appreciating the local environment, and bringing people together.
“It was a joy to see everyone who came to express their thanks to Brian and look back on 20 years of Striders and Strollers.”