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‘Man of Peace’ passes through Bradford

A man is doing the unthinkable by walking across Britain to promote peace.

Tanausu Herrera (39), set off from London on 24 May and has so far covered over 800 miles.

He landed in Bradford last week and only by chance he was spotted by locals who questioned his passing through the city. Local businessman John Simms, who runs Glyde House, was amazed at Tanausu’s effort, that he convinced the Tenerife born trekker to stay in the city to rest and recover from the strenuous walking distance he has covered.

John persuaded Jonathan Hall, Deputy General Manager at the Midland Hotel, to provide a room and food for Mr Herrera who could also take time to visit Bradford’s Peace Museum.

Speaking to Urban Echo, Mr Herrera said: “I started walking from London on 24 May. The reason why I took the decision to walk the whole of England was that I was upset with all the violence and uncertainty happening around the world. More so, the recent violence here in England with the Manchester and London terrorist attacks.

I want to promote peace. I see myself as a messenger for peace. I want to show the world that humanity does still exist.”

Mr Herrera’s passing through Bradford was a low key affair as he has only been promoting his activities via his personal Facebook page. It was only by luck that Mr Simms bumped into him and was so impressed by his efforts, that he wanted as many people to know of Mr Herrera’s quest for peace.

“I just could not let him leave our city without us celebrating the fact that he visited us. He is doing an amazing job and we all need to get behind him during the rest of his journey”, Mr Simms told Urban Echo.

Mr Herrera has been mainly camping throughout his journey and has been relying on food donations from strangers.

“I have lost a lot of weight since I stared this journey but that was expected. The plan is to walk to London and rest for a while and then I would like to walk to Brussels where I can hand a letter to the European Institute of Peace.

“I would also like to thank everyone that supported me in Bradford and for all their love. Bradford people are truly amazing.”

You can follow Mr Herrera’s journey on Facebook and if you do come across him somewhere in the UK, do offer him some support and a bite to eat.

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