Rifles regiment honour the fallen in 50 mile march to Lyme Regis

The Rifles Jurassic March
The walkers on the slipway outside Lyme Regis lifeboat station after completing their 50-mile walk (photo by Andy Butterfield)

ABOUT 200 men and women – many of them ex-servicemen and women – marched into Lyme Regis on Sunday at the end of a 50 mile sponsored walk to raise funds for The Rifles Regimental Trust’s Care for Casualties.

The walk started at Lulworth Cove with a drumhead service on Friday and, after walkers camped at Weymouth and West Bay along the route, they arrived in Lyme Regis on Sunday afternoon.

The walkers gathered at Lyme Regis Football Club for refreshments before marching two abreast, led by motorcycles and bugles, along the seafront, finishing at Lyme Regis lifeboat station. 

It’s hoped the Jurassic March, honouring 56 men from the regiment who died for their country, will have raised £100,000 for the Rifles’ charity, which supports veterans with injuries and PTSD. 

The marchers carried with them 56 pairs of boots representing the numbers of those colleagues lost since 2007.

The marchers also raised funds for the RNLI, carrying 20 collection buckets en route which were presented to lifeboat operations manager Nick Marks during a welcome ceremony.

He congratulated the marchers and thanked them for their donations which he said had helped the RNLI to launch lifeboats on rescue missions 87 times since they started their march on Friday.

The walkers were also greeted by the Mayor and Mayoress of Lyme Regis, Cllr Brian and Wendy Larcombe, who presented them with medals, along with harbourmaster James Radcliffe.

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