Leigh duo to lay poppies on graves of fallen men

Adrian and Dave saddle up for a practice run

Adrian and Dave saddle up for a practice run

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ARMED with just a motorbike, two wreaths and 100 poppies, two men are hoping to complete a daring ride.

Adrian Cresswell and Dave Troughton are hoping to travel 1,000 miles in under 24 hours in August – stopping at 100 Commonwealth war grave cemeteries on their way to place a poppy at the entrance to each.

Their first stop will be at the grave of the first British soldier to lose his life in the conflict, Pte John Parr, who died on August 21, 1914 and is buried at St Symphorien Cemetery in Mons, Belgium.

The Tyldesley pair will then continue their journey and lay poppies at the entrance to 99 other cemeteries to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Adrian, of Prospect Street, said: “I wanted to do something that was different while also raising money for the Poppy Appeal and mark the 100 years.

“I found out who the first British soldier to be killed was and thought it would be poignant to lay a poppy wreath at his headstone.

“I discovered that at the same cemetery there are Germans buried there and I decided that a wreath also needs to be placed on one of those graves as well.

“Riding the bike just there and back did not really pose a challenge, so then I thought about what if I stop at another 99 CWGC cemeteries and place a poppy at the entrance to each.”

Adrian, an internal exclusion manager, has been involved with Army Cadet’s for almost 32 years and has done similar rides in the past but it is the first time for his pillion rider and son-in-law’s father Dave.

They will set off from Poplar 2000 Services on the M6 near Lymm at 9.30pm on August 3 and hope to arrive home at about 9.10pm on August 4.

To find out more, visit justgiving.com/Crezz-Riders-RBLR-Aug2014/

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