A man planning to walk 100km in memory of wounded soldiers will arrive in Ypres as the Last Post rings out exactly 100 years on from the start of the First Battle to control the Belgian town.
Ian Johnstone, from Renhold is raising funds for The Army Benevolent Fund, which supports veterans and their families from every conflict since the First World War, including Iraq and Afghanistan.
He will start his epic trek at The Somme battlefield and, following a route which takes in many WWI graveyards, arrive at Ypres on October 18, in time for the Last Post ceremony which has taken place at the Menin Gate daily at 8pm since 1927.
Ian hopes to raise more than £1,600 for the charity. Its chief executive Major General (Ret’d) Martin Rutledge said: “’Ian’s support will help to remind people of the many sacrifices made by serving and former soldiers, long after any news of Afghanistan has left the front page. The money will help the charity to do what it does best – be there for soldiers, for life.”
Before heading off to France, Ian is also hosting a ‘Call My Bluff’ evening in Renhold Village Hall, Wilden Road, on July 5, at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12, which includes a fish-and-chip supper.
To book tickets call him on 01234 871614, or make a donation at www.justgiving.com/Ian-Johnstone2