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Charity bikers visit final stops on World War I tour

Dougie Bancroft and Medwyn Parry (R) with their Triumph motorcycles
Dougie Bancroft and Medwyn Parry (r) hope to raise more than £50,000 for the Royal British Legion

Two motorcyclists have ended the English leg of a fundraising tour of every village in Britain whose soldiers all survived World War I.

Medwyn Parry and Dougie Bancroft will visit Staffordshire, Shropshire and Herefordshire before heading into Wales to complete their 2,500-mile trip.

They will have visited 51 "Thankful Villages" that saw their servicemen all return safely.

It is thought to be the first time anyone has set out to visit them all.

Slate plaque

The men, riding donated Triumph motorbikes, arrived at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, in Staffordshire at about 11:00 BST where they met members of the Royal British Legion Riders.

They then rode to RAF Cosford in Shropshire and met a large group of Harley Davidson riders in Harley before arriving in Middleton on the Hill in Herefordshire at 15:00 BST.

Their final English stop was in Knill at 16:30 BST.

The men started their nine-day journey at Llanfihangel y Creuddyn near Aberystwyth, where it is due to end at 19:30 BST.

By completing the tour, the pair hope to raise £51,000 for the Royal British Legion.

A slate plaque has been presented to each village to commemorate the part they played in the conflict because, as no resident lost their lives, the villages do not have war memorials or permanent tributes.

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