Canvey to Edinburgh and Back

From an article in the Echo in January 1978.

Thumbs-up champion Ian Drain is exhausted after an 800 mile hitch-hike.

The sponsored journey took him from Canvey’s Haystack pub, where he is the manager, to Edinburgh and back. Ironically the pub is in Long Road.

But he had a passport of sorts which made him easily recognisable as a man of the road – a tartan scarf.

That smoothed the way for the Edinburgh born publican on his charity odyssey, during which he spent just 28p on cups of tea.

Ian, 31, said: “If anyone else wants to make the trip I reckon I’ve got enough information to make it simple.”

However, the 24 hour deadline he set himself for the trip wasn’t met. It took him 26 ½ hours to complete the journey.

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