Thankful riders thunder through Bucks

Bucks welcomed a cavalcade of bikers paying tribute to the nation’s Thankful Villages – those whose men returned from the First World War with their numbers intact.

The bikers stopped at Stoke Hammond, the only place in Bucks untouched by the war.

Thankful Villages bikers on their way through Drayton Beauchamp

Thankful Villages bikers on their way through Drayton Beauchamp

Residents in Drayton Beauchamp welcomed them with an impromptu street party as they passed through on their way to the village.

Medwyn Parry and Dougie Bancroft are visiting each of the 51 villages spared any fatalities.

The pair came up with the idea to travel 2,500 miles and present 51 plaques to each of the villages in nine days, with the aim of raising £51,000 for the Royal British Legion.

Ex-serviceman Dougie said: “We were chatting in a cafe in December thinking about how we could mark the centenary for this year and how we wanted to do a project and Medwyn mentioned the thankful villages.

“I didn’t know anything about it, but he told me the story and I said ‘right then, we’ve got to go’ and that’s how it started.”