Comedians led by Hartlepool funnyman Nick Banks laughing their way along Hadrian’s Wall

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A GROUP of comedians are pacing the length of a historic landmark once again for charity.

Sixteen comedians, led by Hartlepool man Nick Banks, 34, are taking part in a comedy walk, which takes in 84 miles along the length of Hadrian’s Wall over eight days and sees them putting on comedy gigs at various venues along the route.

Last year, the group raised just over £5,000 for Newcastles’ Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), which has been treating four-year-old Harry Readman, from the town, who suffers from kidney disease.

This time round, the comics are doing the walk in aid of the Ovacome ovarian cancer charity, after comedian Matthew Fong’s mum Alison, from Doncaster, died from the illness in 2012.

The walk, in Alison’s memory, will take place from over the space of the next week, with the comics heading to Cumbria yesterday.

They were due to put on the first comedy gig of the week at The Hope & Anchor, in Bowness-on-Salway, last night before starting out on the walk today.

Their final show of the week will take place at a venue in Heddon-on-the-Wall on Wednesday, May 7.

They will finish the walk in Newcastle the next day.

Former soldier Nick, who lives in the Rift House area and promotes the Rib Ticklers comedy club at Flix Movie Cafe, in Church Square, said: “We have had a few people pull out and we have had a few venue changes, but it will still be a good week.

“Up to now we have raised about £2,000 on our Just Giving page.

“Everybody is looking forward to it.

“It would be great if people from Hartlepool can make it along to the shows.”

More than 1,000 people enjoyed the comedians’ gigs along the way last year.

Among the comics taking part are Patrick Monaghan, who featured on ITV’s Splash and Show Me The Funny, as well as Seymour Mace, who has appeared in BBC3 sitcom Ideal.

To sponsor the group, visit www.justgiving.com/nicholas-banks1 or see the Ha Ha Hadrians Wall Walk 2014 Facebook page for details of gigs.