‘Thankful’villagers welcome biker duo

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Villagers welcomed two bikers to Teigh during a fundraising tour of “thankful villages” across the country.

The two Welshmen were visiting the 51 villages across the country where all the servicemen and women who were sent to fight in the First World War were lucky enough to return.

Eleven men and two women went from Teigh, which is the only thankful village in Rutland.

The visitors were welcomed by members of the Royal British Legion, the Royal Air Force Association and other Rutlanders at the village church.

Following a service of thanksgiving, motorcyclist Dougie Bancroft presented an engraved slate plaque to Geoff Tidd, whose father Jack was one of four brothers to return to the village after the war.

The bikers have asked for the plaque to be displayed somewhere in the village and be officially unveiled at 11am on August 4, 2014. Villagers have donated £796 to the Royal British Legion.