Thankful Villages Run


In the summer of 2013, Medwyn Parry and Dougie Bancroft rode Triumph Trophy motorbikes to every single one of the 51 "Thankful Villages" in the United Kingdom. These are villages with no traditional war memorial because all who left to fight in the Great War were lucky enough to return home. Many had been scarred physically and/or mentally by their horrific ordeal. Amazingly, 14 of the villages are "Double Thankful", where everybody who left also returned from the Second World War.

The journey started at Llanfihangel y Creuddyn, near Aberystwyth, at 8:00am on Saturday the 27th of July, and some 2,500 miles and 9 days later it finished at the very same village, at 8:30pm on Sunday the 4th of August. As far as we know, nobody has visited all 51 in one journey. The full schedule is available here: Schedule and map here: Map

Those who live in the Thankful Villages are tremendously proud of their status. Medwyn and Dougie were very pleased to meet with residents - especially descendants of those who survived the conflict - and of course members of the Royal British Legion.

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For further details please ontact:

Medwyn Parry on 07773 718044 email:

Dougie Bancroft on 07538 079137 email:

For all press & media enquiries please contact David Price at Prova, telephone: 01926 776900 or email:

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