When a campaign as long and winding as the Adam’Smile appeal rumbles on, it is perhaps easy to lose sight of the original reason why it was set up.
Lives go on, the years roll by and memories are short – except for the family involved.
The Mail knows very well how hard the Mugridge family has fought for this safe cycle route.
Indeed, we have a cuttings file as long as the River Welland full of articles spanning seven years covering cheque presentation handovers, campaign updates, fundraising events and so forth.
But what always needs to be put in stark relief is why this campaign is so important: a 13-year-old boy died in one of our villages doing the humdrum thing that hundreds of other Harborough district youngsters do twice every day. He was simply making his way to school.
In the wake of this tragedy it seems the very least that can be done for local authorities and landowners to bend to the will of this deserving campaign and do what is only just and right.
This safe route should have been a done deal by now and the fact that it has stalled is a travesty.
We must always remember the reason behind the perseverance of this campaign and should continue to give it our utmost support.
For more details about the Adam’Smile campaign see it’s website at www.adamsmile.co.uk.
Editor Neil Pickford is away on holiday.
Column by Alex Blackwell
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