Winding back the clock for charity

The riding party captured at a recent Tudor ride.' and Alasdair Hutton
The riding party captured at a recent Tudor ride.' and Alasdair Hutton

A BAND of Border Reivers has launched a mounted foray across Northumberland, heading for Scotland – but they won’t be burning and pillaging along the way.

The group of six – including two British Army Major Generals – have donned full Tudor costume and saddled up to raise funds for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, formerly the Army Benevolent Fund.

They set off from Callaly on Sunday and their route re-traces the paths taken by the infamous raiders across the mountainous border area since medieval times, taking in Flodden, Coldstream and Selkirk, before arriving in Dunbar on Saturday.

The team is being led by Major General Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter, chief executive of The Soldiers’ Charity, who is hoping to spread the word about the charity during the ride.

He said: “Our charity helps soldiers, former soldiers and their families across the UK and beyond.

“We gave over £1million to the North East and Scotland in the last financial year, and by doing this ride we hope that people will be able to learn more about our work and the importance of supporting our soldiers.”

Commemorating historic battles such as Flodden Field and Philiphaugh, the event will also be in memory of high-profile military historian Professor Richard Holmes, who was to be one of the team but died in April this year aged 65, after a battle with cancer.

Joining Sir Evelyn is Major General Arthur Denaro who is currently an equerry to the Prince of Wales, Michael Cunningham who served in the Queen’s Own Hussars, James Arkell who has an army background and was born into a Wiltshire brewing family, Charles Dent, from Wetherby in North Yorkshire and Patience Anderson, from Selkirk.

You can donate to ABF by visiting www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/reiversride