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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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Historic charity motorcycle ride heads for Cumbria

A village near Penrith is to take part in an historic charity motorcycle event to recognise the contribution made by returning soldiers in World War One.

Ousby is one of 51 villages across the country to host a visit by The Thankful Villages Run – a nine-day charity ride supported by Triumph Motorcycles.

Ousby is one of a handful of villages across the UK where all those who served in the war returned home.

Because of this it has no traditional war memorial.

The marathon 2,500-mile ride by bikers Dougie Bancroft and Medwyn Parry began on Saturday and are due to visit Ousby this coming Saturday, August 3 when the village will be presented with a slate plaque in memory of those who returned home from the war in 1918.

Triumph, which has donated two of its modern, 1215c Trophy tourers to undertake the journey, is supporting the Thankful Villages Run because of its involvement in the war effort when it supplied 30,000 motorcycles – known as ‘Trusty Triumphs’ – to the allied forces in the Great War.

As well as recognising the debt paid by the young men who returned from the Great War, the Thankful Villages Run aims to raise £51,000 in aid of the Royal British Legion.

The two Triumph motorcycles ridden by Dougie and Medwyn feature a bespoke poppy field design to help them stand out on the road during their trip and act as a visual link to the Royal British Legion.

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