Former soldiers have travelled through Northumberland to start off a long-distance fund-raising walk, which follows an important march that took place more than 350 years ago.
After a successful trek from Dorset to London last year, Harry Bucknall and Jock Davis’ challenge this year is to go from Coldstream to St Paul’s Cathedral in London, a distance of 335 miles, over 15 days.
Along with two men who joined them for the early stages of the journey, they stopped off in Morpeth on Tuesday.
Harry, now an author, and Jock, now a police sergeant, are hoping to raise £25,000 in aid of Walking With The Wounded’s (WWTW’s) Christmas campaign to raise funds for homeless veterans.
The journey follows the historic march by General Monck and his (later named) Coldstream Regiment of Foot Guards in January 1660.
When the men reached the capital, they played an important part in restoring King Charles II to the throne.
Jock and Harry spent 13 and 12 years in the Coldstream Guards – the name of the regiment was shortened in 1855 – respectively and they served in many countries.
After a blessing from Canon Alan Hughes, who also served with the regiment, they set off on Monday morning from Coldstream and ended the day in Glanton.
On Tuesday, their journey to Morpeth included going through Edlingham, Longframlington, Longhorsley, Stanton, Pigdon and Mitford.
Harry said: “When I saw an email about WWTW’s ‘pop-up’ fund-raising carol service at St Paul’s Cathedral on December 14, I thought it would not feel right to attend the service without doing another walk.
“It’s more than 20 miles each day and we’re dealing with cold and wet weather and walking in the dark at times, but the making the carol service and our £25,000 target are big incentives.
“The money we raise will help the charity to support people wounded whilst serving their country, many of whom have mental injuries, and build more centres across the country.”
To make a donation, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/harryandjock