Here are a sample of photos taken on my last coach tour.
I love guiding coach groups. They bring together a great collection of people, all keen to soak up the sites of the battlefields. My job as a guide is not only to impart some knowledge and stir up that historical passion but to make sure everyone has the best time possible.
Tours always start with a hearty breakfast, and this time we were at the Folkestone tunnel terminal, bright and early to make the most of the day.
Once on the continent we headed straight to Tyne Cot, the largest Commonwealth War Graves site in the world. There is always an audible gasp when we arrive and I begin to give some of the staggering statistics and experiences that highlight Third Ypres.
We were lucky enough to have a duo on the bugles to play the last post as we gathered at the Cross of Sacrifice for a lovely memorial service. As I looked up from my order of service sheet, I saw how the group of 55 had doubled in number as other visitors to the cemetery came to pay their respects alongside us.
After another stop to take in some refreshing Passchendaele beer, we moved onto Hooge to walk through the trenches, get an understanding of the war underground and to see the artefacts still littered across the land.
After some free time in Ypres, we regathered for a lovely meal before heading to the Menin Gate where I was asked to lay a wreath on behalf of the group - an incredibly humbling experience.
We made our way back that evening, full from a day of good company and grateful to the men that allowed us to enjoy a peaceful and free Ypres.
If you'd like me to join your coach group as your guide, or you are interested in me arranging a tour for you, please do get in touch.