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AM highlights Remembrance with cycle ride

Created on 01/11/2017 @ 07:29
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The second annual Poppy Ride organised by the Royal British Legion to commemorate the Battle of Passchendaele and the Remembrance period has gained the support of Montgomeryshire AM, Russell George.
Mr George joined the Wales Area manager of The Royal British Legion, Veterans, serving personnel and other Assembly Members to race against the clock on an exercise bike to mark the Remembrance period in Wales.
The six hour bike ride was held in the Senedd, aiming to mark a special year for remembrance in Wales and the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele. 
Russell George AM represented Montgomeryshire by cycling as far as he could in five minutes.
The target of 300 miles was achieved just after 3pm after over six hours of pedalling from everyone involved.

Mr George said: “I would like to thank the Royal British Legion in Wales for arranging this event. The Royal British Legion provides invaluable support to the Armed Forces community; I am pleased to have been able to support such a worthy cause.”

Wales Area manager of The Royal British Legion, Ant Metcalfe, said: “We were delighted to welcome Russell to our annual Poppy Ride in Wales. This event is a different way of marking the Remembrance period alongside all of the other vital local and national events the Legion is involved with at this time.

“2017 marks the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele and we hope this event has brought us all together to remember and also raise awareness of those who continue to requires the Legion’s support today.

“Over 70 people participated on the day including serving personnel from the Royal Navy along with Legion beneficiaries and members. It is always a real team effort and we were delighted to be able to work with the Assembly to host this once again.”

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