Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Man commemorates father’s march to war

A MAN marched 16 miles through heavy rain for charity while wearing a First World War uniform.

John Green, 79, from Maidensgrove, was among 200 people who took part in the Great March in Nottinghamshire on Sunday. He raised £1,000 for the Henley and Peppard branch of the Royal British Legion, of which he is chairman.

The walk from Newark to Radcliffe along the River Trent was held to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the conflict.

Mr Green’s father William marched the same route a century ago with the Sherwood Foresters battalion before heading off to fight. Many of those who took part at the weekend were either cadets or current or former servicemen and their relatives.

The group assembled in Newark market place for a drumhead service before two marching bands escorted them out of the town. It poured with rain as soon as they set off, so Mr Green’s olive-green woollen tunic and trousers soaked up the water and grew heavy.

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