UP TO 18 RIDERS from the City of Edinburgh Universities Officers' Training Corps, Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 SCOTS), 51st Highland Volunteers (7 SCOTS) and 3 support staff embarked on the journey of a lifetime, cycling over 600 miles to events taking place for the centenary of the beginning of the Third Battle of Ypres – widely known as Passchendaele.

They departed Crieff, Perth and Kinross on the morning of the 19th July at 1000hrs for the first leg of the journey.

Each day of the journey the team used a war diary from 19-28 July 1917 to mark what their Black Watch forebears were experiencing in Flanders Fields 100 years previously.

Arriving in Passchendaele on the 28th July they visited the Passchendaele Memorial Museum followed by the Scottish Memorial at Zonnebeke.

The saddle-sore cyclists will return to Crieff to parade at the Drumhead Service in the Market Park, Crieff this Sunday 30th July.

One of the cyclists, current Regimental Sergeant Major of The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland Kevin Stacey said:

“I am deeply proud to come from an Army family with my grandfather, uncle and father all having served in The Black Watch. Between us we have over 100 years continuous unbroken service with each reaching the rank of Regimental Sergeant Major.

“It is important that we do this journey on this the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele to show our respect to those who fought in the battle especially to those fallen soldiers and to our modern-day veterans that have gone before us. All have fought hard for our freedoms with some paying the ultimate sacrifice.”