visits Burnham during round-Britain mobility scooter trip
Mark Newton is in Burnham-On-Sea this week as he undertakes a
mission to record the country's war and lifeboat memorials.
former Queens Dragoon Guard is making his journey on a disability
scooter, pulling a tiny trailer, with his two cats for company.
suffered a major knee injury while attached to the United Nations
in Cyprus in 1991, and had to leave the Army in 2009 when walking
became too painful.
current Around Britain project, which started in 2013, has covered
over 17,000 miles.
that time he's photographed thousands of memorials while collecting
for Help for Heroes, the Royal British Legion, SSAFA and the RNLI.
in Burnham and Highbridge, I have been visiting the war memorials
here and have found several very interesting memorials,"
he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
was very surprised, though, to find the old beach paddling pool
has been removed because I understood it to be a war memorial."
photographing and cataloguing thousands of lifeboat graves and
memorials around the county and all the images will be on my website
www.war-graves.co.uk and all the memorial images are being sent
to the Imperial War Museum for the national archive."
funds his trips with his war pension and support from individuals
and businesses. He will be collecting in Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco
store this Saturday.
said: "I'm going to be in Somerset for quite a while, probably
up to December, and I plan to come back to start next year's travels
cats, black Missy and tabby and white Smudge, are proving a talking
point on his road trip. He says: "They're wonderful - I couldn't
leave them at home in Swansea."
website to follow his progress.