Bikers’ pilgrimage to pay tribute to fallen soldiers

Picture by Allan McKenzie/YWNG - 28/07/18 - Press - Crusaders Ride to the Somme, Castleford, England - Martin Wilby, Graham Waddington, Andrew Scarfe, Aidy Holmes, Ricky Walshaw & Brett Muscroft.
Picture by Allan McKenzie/YWNG - 28/07/18 - Press - Crusaders Ride to the Somme, Castleford, England - Martin Wilby, Graham Waddington, Andrew Scarfe, Aidy Holmes, Ricky Walshaw & Brett Muscroft.

A group of bikers will ride out to an armed forces ceremony in Belgium to pay tribute to soldiers from the Five Towns who died at war.

Castleford-based Crusaders, a group of motorcyclists who support military charities, have offered to take wreaths or mementos to Ypres from living relatives of soldiers whose graves or memorials are located in the region.

The group will be taking part in the Royal British Legion’s Great Pilgrimage 90 Parade and One Hundred Days Ceremony, which will visit battlefields of the Somme and Ypres before marching to the Menin Gate.

Crusaders chairman Brett Muscroft said: “I think it will mean a lot to people lot to know that their relatives are not forgotten. In my eyes they will never be forgotten and events like this it can help younger people see what older generations have done.

“A lot of people will never be able to go to the memorials and if family members are able to give us something to take, even just a poppy with the name of who they knew, we can take a photograph of the tribute and we hope it can be like they were their to place it themselves.”

Former solider Mr Muscroft said the Crusaders was a way for like-minded people to combine a love of motorbikes with their passion for the armed forces.

The parade in Ypres will follow the same path as a march for families and veterans that took place in 1928.

To pass on a tribute call Mr Muscroft on 07787 171842 or search the Crusaders on Facebook.