Update 14 August 2021 -After much deliberation, consulting with the Committee and our tour guide we have decided to defer the trip to the previously agreed contingency dates of 4-7 April 2022.
This is mainly due to continued uncertainty with travel, the cost of tests and the possibility of either self isolation or quarantine on our return.
13 January 2020 – The latest round of restrictions on travel and groups gathering together have inevitably lead to us having to unfortunately postpone the planned event, once again.
However, the good news is that following a great deal of work by our tour operator Dr. Thomson, we have been able to reschedule the trip for October 2021, (with a contingency of deferring to early April 2022 should that be necessary).
The revised plan will be as follows: The group will meet at St. Pancras Station in London on Monday 25th October 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 (28th October) for a Eurostar departure back to St. Pancras, which arrives in London at about tea time.
Everyone booked to go on the original trip should have received an email from organiser Richard Coates with full details.
It may be possible for further spaces to be made available – contact Richard Coates asap – email@example.com