Horncastle duo complete WWI cycle route

Graham Silverton and Pete Richardson at one of the WW1 memorials
Graham Silverton and Pete Richardson at one of the WW1 memorials

Two local cycling enthusiasts - known collectively as ‘Team Bloke’ - have completed their own special commemoration of World War One.

Graham Silverton and Pete Richardson have returned to Horncastle after covering a 350-mile route across Belgium and Northern France.

Along the way, they’ve visited a number of First World War cemeteries and war memorials.

It took them five days to complete and the duo located and photographed the 27 servicemen from Horncastle who are commemorated along the route.

Peter said: “Finding our ‘boys’ and paying our quiet respects added a great sense of purpose to the cycle ride.”

Graham added: “It was a privilege and a pleasure to find and remember the 27 among the many, many thousands.”

The first section of the journey end at the Menin Gate at ‘sundown’ on August 4.

The pair witnessed a parade, the laying of wreaths and, of course, the ‘Last Post.’

Their route then took in the Tyne Cott Cemetery, the Loos Memorial, Vimy Ridge, and Arras Cemetery.

They then moved on to the Theipval Memorial, Villiers Bretonneux (the Australian National Memorial) and Compiegne, where the Armistice which officially signalled the end of the war in 1918 was signed.

Their cycling tour finished in Paris .

Not surprisingly, the pair were happy to relax before returning to Horncastle with, said Graham, “Enough time for a few recovery beers!”