Ex squaddie & his cats mobility scooter trip

Former soldier Mark Newton and his two cats are travelling from Scarborough to Bridlington this week on their round Britain trip on an 8mph mobility scooter to raise money for the RNLI.

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Purrfect way to ride round Britain

When a former army tank commander decided to embark on a charity marathon journey round Britain's coastline on his mobility scooter, he realised he'd probably need some company

But Mark Newton, who is from Swansea, didn't need to look too far because his two cats Missie and Smudge have been with him every mile of the way.

This week he arrived in Scarborough and Sarah Clark has been to meet him.

Round Britain trip on a mobility scooter

A former soldier is travelling from Scarborough to Bridlington this week as part of his journey around the country on a mobility scooter with his two cats inside his trailer to raise money for the RNLI.

Mark Newton, who is from Swansea, has already completed 20,000 miles on his epic low speed journey - at 8mph. He set out on April 7th last year.

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Former soldier's round-the-UK charity scooter trek

Mark Newton on his modified mobility scooter Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A former soldier, who is circumnavigating the country with his two cats on an 8mph electric scooter, has reached the Yorkshire coast.

Mark Newton's journey has already taken him more than 20,000 miles, after he set off from Loch Gilphead in Scotland last April.

And his epic low-speed trip has raised more than £16,000 for army charities including Help for Heroes and the SSAFA and the RNLI.

Mr Newton, who is from Swansea, retired from the Army in 1991 after he injured his leg while on duty with the UN in Cyprus.

Mark Newton Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The former tank driver, who sleeps with his two cats in a small trailer pulled by his modified mobility scooter, is visiting every RNLI lifeboat house in the country.

Mr Newton and his cats, who are happy to be walked on a lead when he stops, was met at Scarborough Lifeboat station by about 75 members of the Royal British Legion riders' branch, who were in the town for an annual meeting.

He will continue driving south to Bridlington, via Filey on Wednesday. He intends to finish his journey on August 24.

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