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Monty Python-esque Silly Walk event to raise spirits in Kamloops

Lynne Borle of Kamloops is seen practising her silly walk for an upcoming community event.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Lynne Borle

A Kamloops resident has initiated a very unique community event to raise spirits and create smiles.

Lynne Borle is inviting everyone in Kamloops to come together to "silly walk” through the Kamloops Farmers Market on Saturday, July 9.

Silly Walk pitched for Kamloops

“I always wanted to do this downtown but I was never brave enough,” Borle said. “I have been practising and will try to remember what to do when I get there but it doesn’t matter because you can do what you want.”

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Borle’s idea is based on the famous 1970s Monty Python comedy sketch “The Ministry of Silly Walks” where comedian John Cleese stars as a minister in a fictitious British government ministry responsible for developing silly walks. The sketch never fails to make Borle laugh and she's hoping a re-enactment will give her community a much-needed giggle.

“I think we need something lighthearted, there is so much doom and gloom around town with all the crime and drug use,” she said. “People need to focus on something uplifting and totally silly."

Borle has put together some of an outfit for the event, and will hold a briefcase and  wear a bowler hat like Cleese’s character did in the sketch.

“I am doing the high stepping thing but instead of an umbrella I will have my cane because I’m headed for knee surgery soon,” she said. “I was considering going to the thrift store to get a man’s suite but it could be too hot to wear.”

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Councillors Arjun Singh and Mike O'Reilly said they will be showing up to participate in the event.

“It is nice to have some good creative fun and levity,” Singh said. “It doesn’t have to be serious all the time, I think this is a great thing. We want to give people a chuckle after the long two years we’ve been through.”

When asked if he’s been practising for the walk, Singh said he hasn’t as he plans to show up and see where the experience takes him and how creative he can get.

"I'm looking forward to it," O'Reilly said. "It is going to be just something fun. Kamloops could use that after all the heavy stuff over the last two years."

Willing participants are invited to gather downtown on the corner of St. Paul Street and 2 Ave on Saturday, July 9. Bowler hats and briefcases are encouraged but not mandatory.

Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Lynne Borle

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