Stop what you’re doing and rush out and buy this weeks Worthing Herald or Littlehampton Gazette. These fine publications are carrying a cut out and keep souvenir article, including an interview with our brave knight.
This evening the team and I spent several hours trying to work out the route to London. This was more complicated than we first thought. After about four hours we had got as far as Dial Post, a small village just over 10 miles away.
I had planned to visit large towns & Gatwick Airport en route, however this made the journey over 70 miles which we felt may be a bit of a stretch.
So, now the plan is to head more or less directly north up the A24. We have identified the hostelries where I will rest overnight (they don’t know that yet!). I wish to thank them in advance for their support in providing me with free lodgings. Needless to say I will be singing their praises for many years to come.
We hope to finalise a detailed route shortly and intend to publish it on the blog. Come back for regular updates.
It’s been a pretty hectic few days, and things have been moving along with gathering pace!
Last week, I went up to London to check out the area, and my route up to and within the capital will be published soon. I also spent an amazing few hours in the Tower of London. If, like me, you have not been since you were 9 years old, then go back. It’s a king’s ransom at nearly £20 per head, but worth every penny. The films of the coronation had even a man of steel such as myself welling up inside, but I soon felt better, the emotions calmed by stories of murder, torture and executions!
On my return, I found that the website had been born (thanks Mark) and there were people twittering & tweeting about the walk, a nice change from my usual bleating. Interest here has been increasing (although it would be great to see more of it turn to sponsorship for our main charity, Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice) and there is nice potential for some national press exposure.
I also did a shoot on the beach with Chris Nation of Webination,a local web bloke and brilliant photographer. His pics will hopefully be seen soon in a newspaper near you, but in the meantime, here is a selection.
Now for the great news!
I have received a request from the people of a town in the Czech Republic to present a replica of an historic ceremonial sword to the palace as a wedding gift to the Royal couple.
This is being made by the excellent craftsmen of Kovex Ars, an armour and historic weapons producer of international repute based in the district of Chomutova, who have made much of the armour I wear myself. My next challenge is to try to arrange a presentation to the palace at the end of my long walk up to the city. What a potentially incredible end to spur me on during the journey!
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My aim here is to raise a stonking great bucket of cash for our charities, so every little contribution will go to helping others who, despite how poor many of us may feel at the moment, are enduring situations so much worse than financial hardship. Please, give what you can.
Just so everyone knows, as well as Chestnut Tree House, I will be collecting cash donations on my walk, which will be split between them and Help For Heroes, another well deserving charity with which I hope you are familiar.
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The 29th April is the Royal Wedding in Westminster!
This knight in shining and ‘orribly heavy armour will be waving a fond farewell to the town of Worthing this St Georges Day, and marching in full medieval clobber up to the capital over 55 miles away to cast a rose, (from The Rose and Crown in Worthing) before the carriage carrying the happy couple – the Crown (Geddit? see what I did there? clever eh?) as they wave to the millions of adoring subjects.