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The Long Walk Home: Veterans travel from Dover to Canterbury on day 2 of 100 mile journey to mark the First World War centenary

By KentOnline reporter
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A group of veterans are walking from Dover to Canterbury on the second day of a challenge to travel 100 miles to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

They set off on their journey from the Menin Gate memorial in Ypres, Belgium yesterday and arrived in Kent last night.

The walk today will cover more than 18 miles and head along the North Downs Way passing through villages including Shepherdswell, Womenswold and Patrixbourne before arriving in Canterbury.

The veterans will walk from Ypres in Belgium to the Cenotaph in London (5247151)
The veterans will walk from Ypres in Belgium to the Cenotaph in London (5247151)

Barry Pardoe, 85, from Lancashire is the oldest walker taking part. He is doing the challenge in memory of his father who was injured in the World War One battles near Ypres and is carrying his medals along the route.

The youngest walker is 23-year-old Louis Blackwell from Norfolk who is currently a serving Royal Navy meteorologist.

The Long Walk Home has been organised by Haig Housing which helps to provide accommodation for former servicemen and woman and their families.

The walk will finish in London on Saturday and the group will lay a wreath at the Cenotaph on Remembrance day.

kmfm reporter Ismail Khwaja is spending the day with the veterans - follow his updates below

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Here's why dozens of veterans are walking through Kent over the next three days - give them a wave if you see them

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