Monday August 7th 2017

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Another hot day in the forecast with no rain in sight for the Valley - This of course means that all Off Road riding in the Forestry is closed, and that includes the WTC Trial scheduled for next weekend in Revy. - Although we try, as an organizer, to inform everybody ahead of time about any changes that may occur, due to land use etc - even in the present day, with all the instant info available by simply touching a phone,  some people appear to be hiding under a rock when it comes to checking on what is happening in the BC Interior.

Simply put - the whole place is under a Forest Fire ban, so that means nobody is allowed to ride a dirt bike or other ATV on Crown land. - ( This also applies to many parts of Southern Alberta)
Yes we do plan on re-scheduling the event. likely at the end of September and this will be posted as soon as we can confirm the date - There is a lot to consider when putting on any event, so please be patient.

This is the Podium at the last Euro Championship  - no awards for the dress code chosen by the guys on the side !!  Welsh lad Iwan Roberts finished second. for Beta UK. - Some wizz kid on a Gasser won, ( Arneau Farre)  while 3rd went to a Vertigo rider.
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Sidecar Trials  are still fairly popular in the UK, with most of the various brands being represented - Here are the winners from last week the Tuk brothers, on the snazzy looking TRS.

At a time when there appears to be so much “Sabre rattling” by the World Powers - here is a stark reminder of some history . - I tend to differ with the terminology used such as “The Great War”  as to my mind there is nothing great about thousands of soldiers being slaughtered over a few hundred yards of soil, no matter what  the cause. - If they put the politicians in the front line - I doubt there would be any wars.

Colin Gooch to Social History

On September 7th 1920, in strictest secrecy four unidentified British bodies were exhumed from temporary battlefield cemeteries at Ypres, Arras, the Asine and the Somme.
None of the soldiers who did the digging were told why. The bodies were taken by field ambulance to GHQ at St-Pol-Sur-ter noise.
There the bodies were draped with the union flag. Sentries were posted and Brigadier-General Wyatt and a colonel gell selected one body at random.
A French honour guard was selected, and stood by the coffin overnight. In the morning of the 8th (a specially designed coffin made of oak from the grounds of Hampton Court, was brought and the unknown warrior placed inside.
On top was placed a crusaders sword and a shield on which was inscribed ‘( a British Warrior who fell in the GREAT WAR 1914-1918 for king and country’.
On The 9th of November the unknown warrior was taken by horse drawn carriage through guards of honour and the sound of tolling bells and bugle.
Calls to the quayside. There it was saluted by Marechal Foche and loaded onto HMS Vernon bound for Dover….. the coffin stood on the deck covered in wreaths and surrounded by the French honour guard.
On arrival at Dover the the unknown warrior was greeted with a 19 gun salute, normally only reserved for field marshals. He then traveled by special train to Victoria Station London.
He stayed there overnight and on the morning of the 11th of November he was taken to Westminster Abbey where he was placed in a tomb at the west end of the nave - his grave was filled in using 100 sandbags of earth from the battlefields.
When the Duke of York (later King George VI) married Lady Ellizabeth Bowes Lyons in the Abbey in 1923 she left her wedding bouquet on the grave as a mark of respect (she had lost a brother during the war) Since then all royal brides married in the Abbey have sent back their bouquets to be laid on the grave.
The idea of the unknown soldier was thought of by a Padre called David Railton who had served at the front during the great war and it was the union flag they used as an altar cloth at the front, that had been draped over the coffin.
It is the intention that all relatives of the 517,773 combatants whose bodies had not been identified could believe that the unknown warrior could very well be their lost husband, Father, brother or son.

Footnote: - I have visited the cemeteries in France from the first World war - it was a very sad and humbling experience.


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