Update 11 April 2020 – We are pleased to advise the trip which was postponed due to the Coronavirus, has now been rebooked for March 2021. Many thanks to Richard Coates and our Tour Guide, Dr Andrew Thomson.
The revised plan will be as follows: The group will meet at St. Pancras Station in London on Monday 22nd March 2021 to catch the lunchtime Eurostar service to Lille. The afternoon will be free for sightseeing, and we stay overnight at Lille Ibis Hotel. We will eat together at a restaurant within walking distance of the hotel. The next morning we will meet up with our tour guide, who is a specialist in WW1 memorials and war grave visits. We will be following a tour from the Somme to Ypres over the next 3 days, staying overnight at Arras and Ypres. The idea is to visit the major sites of interest, and to ‘tailor’ the trip to highlight connections with any Aldersons. We have discovered Aldersons on the Menin Gate at Ypres, and at various cemeteries which we will be visiting during the tour. We return to Lille on the afternoon of the following Thursday (25th April) for a Eurostar departure back to St. Pancras, which arrives in London at about tea time.