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Pilgrimage to pay tribute to fallen

THE representatives of Newark and District branch of the Royal British Legion, Carol Bryan, left, and Lauren Hulican.
THE representatives of Newark and District branch of the Royal British Legion, Carol Bryan, left, and Lauren Hulican.

Members of the Newark and District branch of the Royal British Legion will join thousands of others on a pilgrimage of remembrance to first world war battlefields.

The pilgrimage, part of centenary commemorations of the end of the first world war, will end with a parade through Ypres and a ceremony at the Menin Gate.

The Legion event — Great Pilgrimage 90 or GP90 — is taking place until Thursday.

It marks 90 years since the original Legion pilgrimage in 1928 that saw 11,000 first world war veterans and widows visit the battlefields of the Somme in France and Ypres in Belgium.

Mrs Lauren Hulican, of Farndon, and Mrs Carol Bryan, of Newark, will represent the Newark and District branch at the event, as standard bearer and wreath bearer respectively.

Wing Commander John Rush, branch chairman, said: "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 Newark and District branch looks forward to proudly representing the Newark community at the event."

They 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 August 8, bearing their branch standard and a wreath.

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, Mrs Bryan will lay a wreath on behalf of the Newark community.

The branch has worked in partnership with the community to include a unique remembrance message on their wreath.

It will be displayed in a wreath installation for viewing by the public until the end of August.

The branch is encouraging people to travel to Ypres to watch the parade in the Market Place and the ceremony.

It will be followed by an afternoon of musical entertainment, including by the Central Band of the Royal British Legion.


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