- Posted by: Joyce Watson MS
- Category: Feature
Assembly Members and veterans yesterday (25 October) raced against the clock on an exercise bike to commemorate the Battle of Passchendaele 100 years ago.
The 6-hour bike ride, held in the Welsh Assembly’s Senedd building, was organised by The Royal British Legion. It builds on the success of last year’s inaugural event to mark the centenary of the Battle of Mametz wood.
Members of Parliament will undertake the same challenge next week, along with members of the Scottish Parliament.
Mrs Watson represented her Mid and West Wales region by cycling as far as she could in 5 minutes. When she caught her breath, she said:
“I would like to thank the Royal British Legion in Wales for arranging this event. I’m not sure whether or not I beat my personal best from last year – but as I said then, whatever members’ fitness, the Poppy Ride is a fitting challenge, a collective effort, everyone doing his or her bit to achieve a bigger goal.”
The target of 300 miles was achieved just after 3pm after more than 6 hours of politicians’ pedal power.
Wales Area manager Ant Metcalfe added:
‘We were delighted to welcome Joyce 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’.