Currahee Speed March is a big success

PUBLISHED: 17:00 16 October 2015

The team march up Honiton High Street.

The team march up Honiton High Street.

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Organised by Alan Rowe MBE, founder of Honiton-based military charity The Baton, the team took off from Honiton's War Memorial at 8.30am, on Sunday, October 4.

The team before setting off for its march.The team before setting off for its march.

The inaugural Currahee Speed March took place in Honiton recently – and was so successful, it will become an annual event.

Organised by Alan Rowe MBE, founder of Honiton-based military charity The Baton, the team took off from Honiton’s War Memorial at 8.30am, on Sunday, October 4.

Led by Royal Marine Sgt Robbie Garthland PTI, the team marched through Devon lanes, reaching South West Airfields Trust Nissen Hut Museum at Upottery Airfield seconds before the 11am target.

The march paid respect to US allies and promoted the museum, which is dedicated to the US

The team on its march.The team on its march.

forces that left from Smeatharpe - officially called Upottery during World War Two - for the Normandy invasion.

Mr Rowe said: “To give a really authentic feel to the occasion, the team was followed to the

museum by Alec and Michelle Small in their World War Two ambulance.

“Our very grateful thanks to The Baton stalwart Dave Vaughan, who came straight from his night shift to take photos of the event, Land Rover Experience for supplying the safety cars driven by ‘Minty’ Steve Murrell and Lewis Strawbridge.

The team at the end of the march.The team at the end of the march.

“And also to the Devon Freewheelers rider, John Conway, for keeping the teams safe on the road.”

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