Due to my involvement with the Chorley Remembers heritage project, I will not be doing a battlefield trip in 2013.
However, I am planning a First World War ‘Western Front’ tour for late May 2014, taking in the Trench of Death at Dixsmuide, the Ypres Salient, Arras, Vimy Ridge, Loos, Cambrai and the Somme battlefields.
In 2015, I am planning a World War Two trip to take in Dunkirk, Dieppe and Normandy – again in late May. If there is sufficient interest, I may repeat my successful ‘Ypres on Remembrance Day’ trip to be at the Menin Gate in Ypres on the 11th November.
2016 sees the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme on the 1st July. On the 90th anniversary, back in 2006, I ran a coach trip to be in the Accrington / Burnley / Chorley Pals trenches at Serre at 7.30 a.m. I am planning a similar trip, but due to the restrictions on travel and security (VIP) issues, as well as the cost and the fact that the Euro 2016 football championships are being held in France at the same time, the trip may be over the a late May Bank holiday.
Please email me to register your interest. A brochure and booking form for the 2014 trip will be available in February 2013.