York & North Yorkshire

Charity bikers in North Yorkshire's 'Thankful villages'

Dougie Bancroft and Medwyn Parry (R) with their Triumph motorcycles
Image caption Dougie Bancroft and Medwyn Parry (r) have taken eight months to plan their journey

Two bikers will descend on North Yorkshire as part of a fundraising tour of British villages whose soldiers all survived World War I.

The "Thankful Villages Run" is a nine-day charity bike ride of places that saw their servicemen all return safely.

Four of the 51 such villages are Norton Le Clay, Helperthorpe, Cundall and Scruton, in North Yorkshire.

The riders will present a plaque to each of the villages to commemorate the part each played in the conflict.

The tour is the brainchild of riders Medwyn Parry and Dougie Bancroft from Wales who hope to raise £51,000 for the Royal British Legion.

The pair started their journey on Saturday at Llanfihangel y Creuddyn near Aberystwyth.

They are due to arrive in Helperthorpe later before visiting Norton Le Clay, Cundall and Scuton on Saturday.

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