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May 19 2016.

Last Sunday afternoon saw the completion of Newhaven Mayor Steve Saunders' sponsored cycle ride from London to Paris.

The Mayor's team set off from outside the gates of Buckingham Palace at 3.00am on Wednesday morning and arrived around 7.30am in Brighton.  The Mayor and his nine riders raising money for Newhaven Lifeboat and the Seahaven Responders were then joined by 28 riders on Thursday morning at the Blind Veterans HQ in Ovingdean for the 2nd leg.

The combined group of 38 riders, including the Blind Veterans on tandem bikes, left for a reception at Newhaven Fort with the Mayors of Peacehaven, Telscombe and Seaford in attendance and then cycled with a local police escort to lay a wreath at the town's Canadian memorial, before heading on to the Transmanche ferry.

In Dieppe, the riders were met by a group of French cyclists and they all headed off with another police escort to a reception hosted by the Mayor of Dieppe.

On Friday the party laid wreaths at the Canadian Memorial to those who lost their lives in the Dieppe Raid of 1942, before another police escort led them to the Avenue Verte and the start of a three day ride to Paris.

Over £25,000 has been raised to date from the event and there's still time to pledge money at The Blind Veterans and Newhaven Town Council, for these worthwhile charities that do so much to save lives and make lives better for those who have given so much.