Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 10°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs are coming. Find out more about

Pigs Gone Wild

here.

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.

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

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

British Airways. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation this morning after a surprise victory for the Leave campaign which could significantly change the country’s political landscape. But how will Brexit affect you? Read on to find out.

Tayler McGovern

A 15-year-old girl missing from Norfolk is believed to be in Suffolk.

Pat Betts from Framlingham with Le Reve who won best shod horse at the Grand National.

A Suffolk racehorse owner recruited craftsmen from the county to create a piece of sporting history.

Pigs Gone Wild Project Manager Norman Lloyd and Head of Property for the East of England Cooperative Stuart McDonald try to round up the pigs escaping the warehouse.

If you go down to Ipswich on Sunday, you are sure of a big surprise.

As is now the trend in a society where technology pervades our daily lives, many people took to social media to voice their opinions on the EU referendum result yesterday.

A peacock. Image: Jen Taylor

A call telling police about a late-night peacock visit is the latest in a string of bizarre 999 calls received by Essex Police in the past few months.

British BE2 First World War planes. Photo: Darren Harbar

A First World War aerodrome in Essex will be the launch point for a commemorative flight marking 100 years since the Battle of the Somme.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24