We have both just returned from two very successful tours: Ged & Jill were together with friends on a 4 day / 3 night tour of Ypres, The Somme and Mons in gorgeous hot weather; whilst Col was with Marion Stevenson and her family and friends for a second time for a100th anniversary pilgrimmage.
After getting last minute tickets we took a small party of “hardened” souls for a quick in and out tour to Villers Bretonneux and the 100th Commemoration of the battle and 103rd anniversary of Anzac Day!
A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF OUR GUESTS, FRIENDS, FOLLOWERS AND FAMILIES.
WE HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A PROSPEROUS AND HEALTHY 2018.
GED & COL
Today we set off for our last tour of 2017 – the commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Cambrai. We are both out and travelling with our great friends John Rubin and Colin Beattie. This is their 6th tour with us since 2013!
We will be at the main service tomorrow at 10.30, before we set off on a tour of the battlefield, including a trip to see tank “Deborah”.
Looking forward to some good food, fine wine and great company!!
WE ARE PLEASED AND HONOURED TO HAVE RECEIVED
“THE EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE AWARD 2018″
ALL OUR HARD WORK HAS BEEN FINALLY RECOGNISED!!
Although we only got 2 tickets in the ballot and then, subsequently, gave them back because we needed 6, we diidn’t really miss out because the coverage on the BBC was excellent.The light show on the Cloth Hall was far superior to that in Mons in Aug 2014.
Looking forward to commemorating the centenary of Peter Kennedy’s death at the end of this month and to Cambrai in November!
We’ve had THREE very successful tours go out in the past 2 weeks so it has been amazingly busy (and hot!!!!) Please contact us if you would like to enjoy the same service and customer experience!
There is a brand new official Lochnager Crater Facebook page. Am awaiting a link but in the meantime go onto Facebook and type in the search box – “The Lochnagar Crater, Official Page”.
Just returned from another great and varied tour with our very good clients and life-long friends, John Rubin from Manchester and Colin Beattie from Macclesfield. We were based in Englos, near Lille with a shed load of Canadians over for Vimy100
Day 1 after flying in from Manchester, we caught up with the Mons 14-18 visiting old sites like St Symphorien, Casteau and the Grand Place and visiting some new ones too – La Bascule and the Irish Memorial.
Day 2 was a very early start (4.30am) to make our way down to Arras fror the Dawn Commemoration (6.30am) for the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Arras. Very moving ceremony with people from all over the Commonwealth: Canada, NZ, OZ , SA and the UK, together with a very healthy contingent of local townspeople. But it was perishingly cold (3’!)
Then a dash back to Englos for breakfast before travelling off down to Lens for the buses to Vimy100. Quite heightened security checks for obvious reasons!
Great set-up in front of the memorial and we were lucky enough to get seats in front of the big screen. From 3′ in Arras it got up to 25′ by mid-afternoon under a cloudless blue sky. There seemed to be far more Canadians present than actually went “over-the-top” on 9th April 1917! And no mention of the British involvement and no sign of either the Union flag or the UK national anthem, even though PC, PW and PH were in attendance! It was very much this Canadian “Birth of a Nation” stuff, which even modern day Canadian historians dismiss as a myth! Still it was a good afternoon marred at the end of the day by the chaos for the buses to return the massed hoardes to their cars and coaches!
Day 3 we stepped away from WW1 and travelled down to Azincourt and Crecy. The visitor centre in the village of Azincourt is an absolute must for anyone wishing to find out more about this defining battle of England history. And you can still tour around the battlefield itself by car. The observation tower overlooking the Crecy battlefield gives a commanding view of the field, but it is in need of some serious tlc!
Day 4 we were back on the Somme catching up on some old favourites and new ones too! We started at Lochnagar so that I could take my first view of the plaques that were laid last year around the boardwalk on our behalf – one for Pte Peter Kennedy (see our webpage) for the Kennedy family, who fought there with the Tyneside Irish on 1st July 1916, and a personal one, alongside Peter, for me and the Ellis family. My great-uncle Pte Sid Russell was only 19 when he was killed on 9th April 1917 in Macedonia fighting the Bulgarians – and here I was laying a cross beside his name almost 100 years to the day! Very moving for me!
Then off for lunch at Avril’s before making our way to the new museum at Thiepval – well worth the entrance fee! Via Pozieres, Contalmaison , the Bazentin Ridge and Caterpillar Valley and on to Longueval for the SA memorial at Delville Wood. I t was only 3 weeks since I’d been at the Delville Wood Memorial in the centre of Cape Town!
Day 5 after dropping the guys off at Lille I went on alone to Waterloo to see for myself the changes made there for the 200th anniversary. They are impressive indeed and it is now back on the agenda for one of our “catch up on the catch up” tours. Briefly stopped at a set of traffic lights to watch the Paris-Roubaix cycle race hurtle on by, before the flight home from Charleroi.
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