Battlefield Visit


In May 1989, 37 parishioners and friends embarked on what is believed to be the first trip of it’s kind from Bickerstaffe, to pay their respects to those who died in the First World War.

The trip was run by a specialist company and visited many places of interest where the Great War was fought. These included Ypres, Tyne Cot, Passchendale, Hill 60, Boezinge, Vimy Ridge, Arras,  Newfoundland Park, Albert and many others including the Somme area.

Everyone on the visit was very moved by the experience, not least was Mrs Sheila Beeby who sums it all up in the poem she wrote soon afterwards. Sheila was also responsible for the collection of pressed flowers collected at various sites, images of which are also available on this site.

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