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Celebrity penguin to launch Isle of Wight Walking Festival

Tue 3 May 2011

Celebrity penguin to launch Isle of Wight Walking Festival

A celebrity penguin has been booked to take part in the launch of the 2011 Isle of Wight Walking Festival.

Dippy the Penguin, who is one of the most popular animals at Isle of Wight tourist attraction Seaview Wildlife Encounter, has found fame due to him believing he is a human being.

The festival gets underway on May 7th 2011 and will be marked by a pair of guided walks around the venue, with attendees encouraged to dress up in penguin fancy dress.

Dippy will cut a ribbon to open the Isle of Wight Walking Festival and judges will be on hand to decide who is sporting the best costume.

The launch day also features walks such as the Twenty-Mile Leg Stretcher, that is intended as a warm-up for the Walk the Wight event, which is the showpiece occasion.

One of the most popular treks is set to be the Speed Dating Walk, taking place on Sunday (May 8th 2011).

Posted by Jon Noble ADNFCR-3083-ID-800517016-ADNFCR

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