Bookings are now being taken for the fifth trip to the battlefields of northern France, which on this occasion will coincide with the centenary of the Battle of the Somme in 1916.
Due to the historical significance and further to the overwhelming request of those that travelled on this year’s trip, we shall be staying in France for an extra day and night.
Coaches will depart from outside the Supporters Club in Oliver Road on the morning of Thursday July 21st and return Sunday evening July 24th 2016.
Staying in Arras at the well equipped Holiday Inn Express hotel on a bed and breakfast tariff, we shall be visiting and paying our respects at the resting places of the three Clapton Orient footballers that lost their lives during the battle – William Jonas, Richard McFadden and George Scott. During the tour we will be spending time in Flers visiting the O’s Memorial and re-acquainting ourselves with the villagers as well as visiting other places of interest.
Once again we shall be using the trusted services of Anderson Travel Ltd who provide the O’s and the Supporters Club with superbly equipped coaches and we will cross the channel by ferry from Dover to Calais.
The hotel and ferry have been booked well in advance due to the huge demand in accommodation in the Somme region of northern France because of the centenary commemorations – by a strange quirk the dates we have booked were the only dates available but checking the military records it appears that we shall be on the Somme exactly 100 years to the day that Clapton Orient and their comrades in the Footballers’ Battalion arrived in 1916!
For further information or to request a booking form for what promises to be an extremely important and proud occasion for everyone connected with the O’s, please contact Steve Jenkins on 07971146502 [email protected] or call in to see him in the Supporters Club.
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM