In late April this year, we’ll be boarding the Eurostar again, but this time heading to a new location – the northern French city of Arras. The weekend will see the six of us visiting the memorials and preserved trenches at Vimy Ridge on the Saturday. The Vimy Memorial is Canada’s largest overseas National Memorial (pictured above). It commemorates more than 11,000 men of the Canadian Expeditionary Force killed during the First World War in France and who have no known grave.
The 2018 tour took in the Armistice Centenary commemorations in Flanders, marking 100 years since the war on the Western Front came to an end, and not surprisingly, bringing huge crowds to Ypres, the epicentre of the Salient and a deserved focus for the ceremonies at the famed Menin Gate. Travelling to Belgium was a much more relaxed affair this time around, with the six strong group of myself, Mick, Moggy, Jon, Digger and Pete taking the decision to plan our own travel indep
This year’s tour – Leger’s All Quiet On The Western Front - began at the more civilised time of 7.30am, with a smaller party than usual – just myself and Mike Abbott - travelling to Belgium by train. For the first stint to London we enjoyed the first-class breakfast catering facilities of Virgin Trains. After sampling a brew at Kings Cross it was on to St. Pancras to catch the Eurostar to Lille. At Lille all of the Leger tour party who had travelled by Eurostar were transferr