World War One walk coming to Bridlington

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World War 1 - 100 logo

A 4000 mile walk to commemorate the centenary of World War 1 is heading for Bridlington.

Charity Veterans In Action will start its biggest challenges on April 28 from when the long-distance relay walk around the coastline of mainland Britain will start from the Tyne Cot War Cemetery at Ypres in Belgium.

The walkers should be in Bridlington on Thursday May 15 having travelled through Hutton Cranswick, Driffield, and Burton Agnes before moving on to Filey and Scarborough toward their eventual destination of Dumfries on June 15.

The group has given itself 100 days to complete their journey which will take in over 700 towns, cities and villages.

The aim is to raise awareness of the Centenary of the start of the Great War, and the sacrifices made by the 3 million British and Commonwealth service personnel who were killed or wounded in the service of their countries.

Secondly it is to learn from the past and raise funds for those veterans who are currently suffering from the effects of war, or who have found the transition to civilian life difficult.

The charity hopes the event will raise £3 million which equates to £1 for each British and Commonwealth service person from WW1 who were killed or wounded.

The funds raised will enable VIA to continue to deliver and develop their unique ALIVE Program.

Veterans In Action (VIA) is a UK based charity specialising in the social reintegration of socially excluded HM Forces Veterans.

The charity was set up by Billy MacLeod, an ex Royal Engineer who had to leave the services early because of an injury and found it difficult to adjust on leaving the services. Through his own experiences, Billy knows how difficult it can be walking through that camp gate for the last time into the often unknown world of civillian life.