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Grantham men to join Royal British Legion Great Pilgrimage 90

Two members of the local Royal British Legion will represent the town for a major commemoration next month.

Standard bearer Lee Toulson and wreath layer William Clark will attend the Great Pilgrimage 90 from August 5 to 9 along with thousands of others from branches all over the country.

This will be one of the largest events of its kind in the history of the Legion and will commemorate 90 years since the Royal British legion Pilgrimage of 1928 which saw 11,000 World War One veterans and war widows visit the battlefields of the Somme in France and in Ypres in Belgium, a decade after the conflict ended.

Lee and William 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.

John Knightall, chairman of the Grantham branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “Great Pilgrimmage 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 Grantham branch looks forward to proudly representing the Grantham area at the event.”

A unique Remembrance message will be laid with the wreath at the Menin Gate where it will be displayed for viewing by the public until the end of August.

The parade will start at midday where it is expected to be watched by a large crowd, many of whom will travel across the Channel to help fill the Market Square to watch the parade, the One Hundred Days ceremony and enjoy an afternoon of musical entertainment including The Central Band of the Royal British Legion.

To find out more about GP90 or your local RBL branch call John Knightall on 01476 870918.

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