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Battlefield Tour August 2019
Travelling from the hotel we headed to the Somme, starting at Serre starting at Serre, where we visited Sheffield Park and talk about the Pals Battalions that attacked there on the 1stJuly 1916, from there to Sunken Lane, Hawthorn Crater and Beaumont Hamel. We will then headed to Newfoundland Park, Ulster Tower and Thiepval.
The Glory Hole, although on private land, we gained permission to enter and see the work the tunnellers did.
After lunch we will head to Lochangar Crater, on to the Welsh Division memorial at Mametz, the German Cemetery at Fricourt, Deville Wood and finishing the day at Carnoy, Montauban area where the British and French stood shoulder to shoulder.
We begin by looking at the commemoration of Britain’s dead at Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest British war cemetery in the world, taking time to also see the visitors’ centre. At Vancouver Corner we examine the use of gas in the trenches and see the moving ‘Brooding Soldier’ memorial to the Canadians who defended Ypres in 1915 and at Langemarck German Cemetery we see how Germany commemorated her dead and look at the story of ‘Fritz’ on the other side of No Man’s Land. After lunch at Hooge, an opportunity guests can either visit the museum or walk up and onto the Bellewaarde Ridge, this was the scene of severe fighting (We then travel down the Messines Ridge to Ploegsteert to see the Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing).
Arras & Vimy Ridge - We spend today in northern France visiting the 'Forgotten Front' between Flanders and the Somme. Starting on the Loos Battlefield, the scene of the first major British offensive of WW1, we see where the fighting took place and also the Loos Memorial and Dud Corner Cemetery. After lunch in Arras an opportunity to look at life beneath the Western Front in the Wellington Quarries, going underground to see where thousands sheltered on the eve of battle.
At the Arras Memorial we pay our respects to the Missing and see the Air services Memorial to those who died above the battlefields in WW1 and end our day with a visit to the stunning Vimy Ridge memorial at Hill 145 to examine the attack by Canadian forces here in April 1917. Providing the tunnels are open guests will have time to go in them.
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LOCAL MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION TO REPRESENT from Ashton Under Lyne AT WW1 COMEMMORATIONS IN BELGIUM
Chris Moulton, Danny Quinn, Molly Mason and Karen Brown will travel to Europe for The Royal British Legion’s Great Pilgrimage 90
5-9th August 2018
Members of the Ashton Under Lyne branch of The Royal British Legion are to join thousands on a pilgrimage of Remembrance to World War One battlefield that culminates in a parade and ceremony in Ypres as part of the end of the First World War centenary commemorations this August.
The Royal British Legion event, known as Great Pilgrimage 90 (GP90), takes place between the 5th and 9th of August and will be one of the largest in the charity’s history.
GP90 will mark 90 years since the original Royal British Legion Pilgrimage in 1928,which saw 11,000 World War One veterans and war widows visit the battlefields of the Somme in France and Ypres in Belgium, a decade after the conflict ended.
That Pilgrimage culminated in a march through Ypres to the Commonwealth War Grave Commission’s Menin Gate Memorial for a ceremony to commemorate the launch of The Hundred Days Offensive and in remembrance of those who never returned.
Local Legion members, Danny Quinn and Chris Moulton will represent Ashton Under Lyne Branch and the local community at the event, as Standard Bearer and wreath layer respectively. Also at the event Molly Mason and Karen Brown who are representing Ashton Under Lyne Womens Section also as Standard Bearer and wreath layer respectively.
Danny, Chris, Molly and Karen will tour some of the same battlefields and cemeteries visited by those on the 1928 Pilgrimage, before marching along the original route through Ypres, to the Menin Gate on the 8th August, bearing their branch standards and wreaths.
They will join more than 2,200 other Legion representatives and dignitaries, including Civic and military guests from the UK, Commonwealth and Northern Europe who are taking part. Once at the Menin Gate, Chris and Karen will lay wreaths on behalf of the Ashton Under Lyne community.
We also have Branch member Chelsea Egerton carrying the “County Youth Standard” and Branch member Janet Egerton laying a wreath on behalf of the The Royal British Legion Greater Manchester County.
Scott Pringle Chairman of the Ashton Under Lyne Branch of The Royal British Legion, comments: “Great Pilgrimage 90 is a unique opportunity for the Legion community to come together and bear our Standards along the same route in Ypres taken 90 years earlier by the veterans and widows of the First World War. The Ashton Under Lyne Branch looks forward to proudly representing the town at the event, and it’s absolutely fabulous to have so many Branch members that can take part in the Pilgrimage.
As local champions of Remembrance, the Ashton Under Lyne Branch of The Royal British Legion is looking to work in partnership with their community to bring their unique Remembrance message to the Menin Gate, on their wreaths, where it will be displayed in a wreath installation for viewing by the general public until the end of August.
The Branch have members who have been chosen to help with the Parade, David Brown who is our Branch President, will be Assistant National Parade Marshal, and over the last 18 months has been instrumental in the organising and set-up of the Pilgrimage. David will be assisted by 32 Parade Marshals on the day and the Branch also have Mary Cahill, John Thornhill and Scott Pringle who will carry out the role of Parade Marshals, making sure the Parade is smooth and the Pilgrimage is delivered in a professional manner, ensuring appreciation is shown to all those that have fell before us.
The parade will start at midday and we encourage the public to make the trip across to Ypres for the 8th August and fill the Market Square to watch the parade, One Hundred Days ceremony and then enjoy an afternoon of musical entertainment including The Central Band of the Royal British Legion.
If you want to find out more about GP90 or your local Royal British Legion branch, then please visit http://branches.britishlegion.org.uk/branches/a/ashton-under-lyne
The Western Front Trek
Alison Hardy is taking part in this trek, which will see her trekking along the Western Front with the Legion to remember the incredible sacrifices made by all those who fought in the First World War and raise vital funds for the Armed Forces Community.
To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War this trek provides a unique perspective as we walk between the prominent battle-sites, often following the lines that divided German and Allied forces. There are beautiful views over the now-tranquil countryside, but as we walk along the hill-ridges and through the fields and woodland, it is all-too-easy to imagine events of the past.
This is a poignant experience as well as a physical challenge – a memorable and meaningful way to raise funds for today's Service men and women, veterans, and their families.
Alison is looking to raise vital funds for the Poppy Appeal, and has setup a justgiving page, where any donations would be kindly accepted.
POPPY TEA PARTY
Alison Hardy organised her second poppy tea party at Broadoak Community Centre and was well supported by over 50 ladies for afternoon tea and cakes. Alison raised £625 for the poppy appeal and was delighted with the response.
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Ashton under Lyne Branch meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at The Broadoak Community Centre, Ashton-under-Lyne, commencing at 7:00pm.
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