Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 18°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Bury St Edmunds: Brewer supports rugby club’s memorial cycle ride

15:14 09 May 2014

Austin Cornish

Austin Cornish

Copyright: Keith Mindham Photography 2014. This image is 'Licenced for Use' to: Greene King press & marketing

Greene King brewery has donated a hamper of produce from Bury St Edmunds to be presented to the mayor of its twin town in France by the riders taking part in a memorial cycle ride.

shares

The cycle trip is in memory of 18 members of the town’s rugby club who were tragically killed in a plane crash 40 years ago, on March 3, 1974, at Ermenonville, in France.

The crash happened when the players and club members were travelling back to the UK after a friendly match with a local side in France was cancelled. T

he Turkish airliner flew out from Orly Airport, about 20 miles from the French capital at 11.23am. But shortly after take-off, the plane crashed into the Ermenonville Forest killing all 345 people on board.

The riders have travelled to the crash site and are cycling back to Bury and due to arrive home on Sunday.

More than 90 cyclists are taking part in the 310-mile trip and they will receive an official welcome along the way from Bury’s twin town Compiegne.

Dom South, marketing director for Greene King Brewing and Brands, said: “We are pleased to be able to support the 40th anniversary Memorial Cycle Ride with both sponsorship and an offer of gifts for the Mayor of nearby French town Compiegne, which is twinned with Bury.

“This tragedy has never been forgotten in Bury and we wish the riders well on their long journey in memory of fathers, sons and husbands lost in the crash.”

The brewery also sent gifts of Greene King Championship rugby shirts and Greene King IPA beer to be presented to Compiegne Rugby Club, who will be welcoming the riders.

The cycle ride is raising money for two local charities – St Nicholas Hospice Care and The Haberden Trust.

To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/memorialcycleride

shares

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Lord Deben John Gummer, Christine Block, from Deben Estuary Partnership, Karen Thomas, from Water Management Alliance, Graham Henderson, from DEP, Simon Amstutz, from AONB, Therese Coffey MP, David Kemp from the Environment Agency, and Suffolk Coastal District Councillor Andy Smith gathered to launch the Deben Estuary Plan.

Three years of work have created a new community-led blueprint to protect and manage one of Suffolk’s treasures, the River Deben estuary

Detectives investigating a burglary at a home in Colchester have issued an efit of a man they would like to identify in connection with the incident.

Age UK is looking for volunteers to take part in a video

Bosses at Age UK Suffolk are looking for 10 older people to take part in a new promotional video that is being made to show off the work of the charity.

Andrew Gaskell, who was almost totally paralised in a scrum accident playing for Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club in 1998, lost body hair in a bid to raise £5.500 for a standing wheelchair.

A former Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club player who was partially paralysed in a scrum accident 17 years ago has gone for the smooth-bodied look in a bid to raise more than £5,000 for a specialist piece of equipment.

An Abellio Greater Anglia train at Colchester

Rail delays at Colchester have been caused by a broken down train.

Rendlesham Care Centre rated ‘good’ by CQC (L-R) Danielle Brown, Administrator; Liz Slight, Home Manager; Maxine Crisp, Carer; Fabian Lossa, Carer; Rachael Last, Receptionist

Rendlesham Care Centre was found to provide a safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led service according to the CQC report.

A diversion has been put in place

Severe traffic delays in Chelmsford have been caused by a traffic collision.

Woodbridge Carnival fireworks 2015.

People in an east Suffolk town are being asked to vote with their cash if they want a fireworks display next year.

Station Hill in Bury St Edmunds, which is being redeveloped.

Plans for more than 100 flats near the train station in Bury St Edmunds - an area of the town that is earmarked for regeneration - have been recommended to be refused.

Suffolk Coastal MP Dr Therese Coffey (centre) with members of her team and Fern Howard (left) from the Alzheimer’s Society

It follows a visit by the Alzheimer’s Society, who run the Dementia Friends scheme, to help Dr Coffey and her staff understand the effect of dementia on everyday lives.

Most read

Topic pages