Big-hearted operator

Chris Walker (right) is set to cycle 450 miles for charity with help from Krombacher

A HOTELIER from Kirkcudbright is set to demonstrate his return to health this summer, five years after it was discovered that he had abnormal heart rhythms as well as a brain aneurysm.

After two operations and a change in his lifestyle Chris Walker, owner of the Selkirk Arms in the coastal town, is now three stone lighter, off all medication and aiming to raise £2000 for the British Heart Foundation by cycling 450 miles from Kirkcudbright to John O’ Groats in July.

The 54-year-old will be joined by friends Ian Proud and Alistair Cooper for the ride and will be supported by Krombacher, producer of the low-alcohol beer which Walker credits as key in helping him reduce his alcohol intake.

Walker said: “It’s often a challenge for those who work in the on-trade to cut down on the amount of alcohol they drink. We started to stock Krombacher Low Alcohol, which for me is the best by a country mile and that honestly made a huge difference as I started my health kick.”