Poignant journeys to mark the Great War anniversary
Mendlesham-based coach firm Galloway has made a major investment of £750,000 to buy three new coaches to support its journeys of remembrance to take schools and adults groups to the battlefields to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War next year.
The coaches have been produced in a poignant, stunning livery depicting barbed wire and poppies and form part of its fleet of more than 40 vehicles. Mendlesham Group Travel has been organising educational coach tours and excursions to the battlefields of the Western Front for 50 years.
From August 2014 through to November 2018 there will be many activities and events commemorating this period of Britain’s history, and remembering the sacrifice made.
Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that he wanted all state schools to make the most of the period by sending representatives to visit the Western Front sites and take part in events. It will enable each school, and local communities, to gain greater awareness of their historical roots and how they may have been connected to the events of the war.
Galloway recently launched a 2014 Schools and Colleges tours brochure which includes a dedicated section to The Somme and Ypres, battlefields with opportunities to visit some of the many cemeteries, memorials, museums and features.
David Cattermole, managing director of Galloway, said: “The centenary will be a wonderful opportunity to commemorate this period of our history, which cost so many lives, devastated families and affected communities.
“I am proud we will be playing our part in helping the people of East Anglia to share an experience and remember this special time.”
For information on school and adult excursions contact Galloway, 01449 767778.
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