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Five Redlingfield residents have completed a mammoth 120-mile cycle ride from Suffolk to Buckingham Palace to raise money to save the village’s medieval church.

To mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the Rev Richard Court, Alison and Adrian Smith, Andrew Hemmings and his partner Heather Jones hopped on their bikes and peddled all the way from Suffolk to the capital.

They took with them a scroll congratulating the Queen on reaching the milestone, on behalf of the people of Redlingfield, which was handed to her majesty’s representatives at the palace.

The group in Redlingfield, ahead of the journey. Picture: Contributed
The group in Redlingfield, ahead of the journey. Picture: Contributed

Villagers came out in their numbers to cheer on the quintet as they set off on July 2, with the fundraisers reaching the palace the following day following an overnight stay in Chelmsford.

Mrs Smith said: “We had a great time – what a fabulous adventure. We were very humbled by the support shown to us by all the people who came out early on a Saturday to cheer us off and wish us well.

“We saw some beautiful parts of the country on our way and made great memories of cycling through a queue of people waiting to see Westlife perform, only to realise we had gone the wrong way and had to squeeze back through the queue.

The cyclists outside the gates to Buckingham Palace. Picture: Contributed
The cyclists outside the gates to Buckingham Palace. Picture: Contributed

“We laughed a lot when we went down a very big hill only to find at the bottom that we should have been going up it instead.”

Mr Court added: “After all the preparation, it was good to finally get under way and it was such a tremendous send off from the village community.

“My concerns about cycling in London came to nothing, with wide cycle lanes and even their own traffic lights in places.”

In doing so, the group raised an impressive £3,000 – but are still short of the money needed to save the Church of St Andrew, which currently finds itself on the heritage at risk register, and is in desperate need of repairs.



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