Battlefield pilgrimages are open to everyone

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Each year the Lancs and Yorks Historical Society organise pilgrimages to the battlefields of the First World war.

The tours are in August and September covering France and Belgium, although there are only seats available in September.

This year we plan to visit the Somme battlefields and the Ypres Salient. We can also visit the battlefields at Arras Vimy Ridge and Loos, if these are requested.

The trip specialises in visiting specific cemeteries or memorials on the above mentioned battlefields as and when they are requested.

An experienced battlefield guide will accompany each trip, to commentate on the various battles and the many historic events that occurred.

The Historical Society was formed as a charitable hobby in 1990 by ex-servicemen, who have many years of practical experience in conducting visits to the battle areas of France and Flanders, and we support a variety of ex-service charities and institutions.

These trips are open to anyone who might be interested and we welcome all enquiries.

We are a not-for-profit organisation.

For further information write to John Battye, 32 Rhodes Street, Hightown, Castleford, West Yorkshire, WF10 5LL or tel 01977 734614.

We ask for a medium sized SAE for postal replies.

John Battye

West Yorkshire