“CYCLING FROM CARDIFF TO MAMETZ” – HUW SUPPORTS REMEMBRANCE WITH FIRST EVER POPPY RIDE IN WALE
Huw joined the Wales Area manager of The Royal British Legion, veterans and other Assembly Members to race against the clock on an exercise bike to mark the Remembrance period in Wales and commemorate the Battle of Mametz wood 100 years ago.
The 8 hour bike ride was held from 09.30 18.30 in the Welsh Assembly’s Senedd building, aiming to mark this very special year for remembrance in Wales. Huw represented his local constituency by cycling as far as he could in 5 minutes. Huw managed to cycle over 270 miles in 5 minutes … and managed to top the leader board for AM’s!
The bike ride was organised by The Royal British Legion in Wales and builds on the successful bike ride held in 2015 in Westminster hosted by the Industry and Parliament Trust, in partnership with the Legion.
Members of Parliament also undertook the same challenge as the two legislatures aimed to collectively cycle the distance from Westminster to the Somme in France**, to mark this year’s centenary of the Battle of the Somme.
Huw 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 in the Senedd, in the same way I support commemoration events and fund-raising efforts in communities right across Ogmore.”
Wales Area manager Ant Metcalfe said: ‘We were delighted to welcome Huw Irranca-Davies AM to our first ever Poppy Ride in Wales. This was a new, and 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. 2016 marks the centenary of the battle of Mametz wood – so important for the people of Wales – 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’.