Update 19th March 2020 – We regret to advise the trip has now been postponed due to the Coronavirus. We are hoping to rearrange for later this year, possibly early next year. All attending should have already heard by email from Richard Coates.
The group will meet at St. Pancras Station in London on Monday 27th April in time 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 Thursday 30th April, for a Eurostar departure back to St. Pancras, which arrives in London at about tea time.
Update February 2020. The trip is booked and paid for, the group are all looking forward to our tour. Pictures and details of the trip will be posted on our return.