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World Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst takes part in charity walk in Cheltenham

Sir Geoff Hurst with Paul Allen from the Alzheimer's Society. Photo: ITV News West Country

Soccer legend Sir Geoff Hurst has been in Cheltenham to take part in the Memory Walk in aid of the Alzheimer's Society. Some 1,500 people signed up for the event in Pittville Park to walk a route of either 3km or 6.5km.

Sir Geoff is known as the footballer who took England to victory in the 1966 World Cup, scoring a hat-trick against West Germany at Wembley. But three of his team mates from that historic event are now living with Alzheimer's - Martin Peters, Ray Wilson and Nobby Stiles.

1,500 people signed up for the event. Credit: ITV News West Country

Joining Sir Geoff at the start of the walk was Joy Thomas, 73, from Quedgeley, Gloucester, and her husband Owen, who has vascular dementia.

"Owen worked for 50 years as a builder. Suddenly he stood in the hall at home and said 'who's been plastering in our house?' It was work he had done just a day before."

– Joy Thomas

"I'm not frightened of saying I have dementia. There is no good hiding from it. I've put dementia on the mantelpiece and we are getting on with life."

– Owen Thomas