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New Tour - Pompey Remembers
Pompey Remembers 2018
Remembering the great war fallen of Portsmouth across the Ypres salient
After a fantastic tour in 2017 we have once again teamed up with Alan Laishley of Portsmouth WW1 research to bring you a tour that is different from the last. It is still based around the sites and stories of "Pompey" lads, but this time across the Ypres salient of Belgium.
9th - 10th June 2018 - £279
Collection points at - Shepherds Crook Pub 04:00, and Cosham Post Office 04:10. Other pick up points along the M25, M20 can be arranged for anyone wishing to join the tour outside the Portsmouth area.
Come and spend two days with us visiting and walking the ground of many sites within the immortal Ypres salient, and all with a Portsmouth connection!
After a pleasant journey across the channel via ferry our first stop will be Artillery Wood. Huge Pompey connections will become apparent straight away and so our trip begins!
Next up are stops at Poelcapelle where not only are there many Pompey connections but also a story that really hits home, especially with our younger travellers. The stunning "Brooding Soldier" memorial at St Julien and the beautiful Bedford House CWGC sites are up next and all these famous and not so famous sites have real "Pompey" connections where you will hear the personal stories of men that fell around these areas.
We move on next to Hill 60, here you will literally walk in the footsteps of the lads from Pompey. We will take you on a gentle stroll which will last about 45 - 60 minutes around Hill 60. Not only will you hear about the lads from Pompey, but you will see the devastation that is so apparent before viewing what is known as caterpillar crater.
After a fantastic day on the salient we will then head back to Ypres which we plan to arrive at around 18:00. Once you are checked in and refreshed there will then be an option to join us all for a group meal, or wander freely around Ypres and grab a well earned meal at your own leisure.
Day Two - So after some well deserved rest and a filling breakfast at the hotel that we have used many times before, we head off to Potijze. Here the Pompey story begins again.
Next up is the unforgettable and highly moving Tyne Cot cemetery. With its fantastic visitors centre and never to be forgotten first view, as the row upon row of fallen appear above the wall, this is a stop that will linger in the memory forever. But as with all our stops, the Pompey connection will soon come to light.
Next we visit Perth CWGC, here you will hear stories of a VC recipient, the now infamous Shot At Dawn incidents, and again it will then all move back to the stories of the lads from Portsmouth.
Plugstreet Memorial is next. Now those on our 2017 tour will think that they heard it all last time.. well the Pompey connection is strong here and you will hear stories that have not yet been told. Alan Laishleys research brings more and more information up each day and your eyes will be opened once again despite standing where you stood twelve months earlier.
As with our 2017 tour we will then take lunch across the road at l'Auberge.
After a filling and tasty lunch we will then take to the ground! Alan has walked the battlefield many times and now he wants to share it with you. We will take a gentle stroll which will take in Mud Corner, Prowse Point, Toronto Avenue and the mesmerising yet chilling Plugstreet wood. Whilst walking you will cross trench lines, strongholds and killing fields. Stop offs will be made where you will hear about the battles that took place here, the Pompey connections, and the life of a "Tommy". This will be a fantastic walk where you will actually feel and see for yourself the lie of the land, how the battlefields look now and how they were then.
Once our walk has been completed we then head back to Ypres, again looking at arriving around 18:00 where you will have some time to yourself to sample the many chocolate shops, eateries, souvenir shops or just take in the wonderful surroundings. We will then re convene to take in the haunting and un forgettable last post under the Menin gate.
Once this has finished we will head back to Calais and our ferry home. Arrival time in Dover is around 00:05 with estimated arrival back in Portsmouth around 03:00.
A non refundable deposit of £70 will secure your seat on this exciting tour with full payment to be received by April 30th 2018. We will accept payment by instalment as long as the final amount is made on time.
All enquiries, bookings, or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 07545242257
*Tour price includes collection from designated collection point, ferry crossing to and from France, coach travel across the battlefields of France and Belgium, Picnic lunch on day one, breakfast on day two and one night hotel stay.
**Upon booking you confirm you have read and agree to our terms and conditions as per our website
***An extra fee of £25 is applicable for anyone requiring a single room
****As we are supplying a picnic lunch on day one, any allergies must be made known to us upon booking.