Two ex-servicemen from Lincolnshire, are among of a group of former soldiers, who are paying their own tribute to the heroes of D-Day by travelling across the English Channel to Normandy by canoe to mark the 70th anniversary of the historic assault.
Matt Almond, 37, from Lincoln and Richard Bentley, 50, from Stamford, are among the group of six setting off from Portland, Dorset today in three two-man canoes, enduring two nights at sea and paddling a total of 124miles, finally arriving at Arromanches-les-Bains, by first light on Friday.
The family of a boy who fell from the back of a moving coach have thanked well wishers for their support.
Sebastian Goold was part of a team travelling back to Stamford from a rugby tournament in Holt, north Norfolk, when he fell from an exit floor on the coach, sustaining serious injuries.
His parents, Nick and Tracey Goold, said: "We would like to pass on our gratitude and thanks to friends and associates at Stamford Rugby Club, and to the wider rugby family, for their well wishes and prayers at what is a deeply distressing time.
"We have received further messages of support from lots of other people, wishing Sebastian well, and these too have been gratefully received.
"However our focus, at this time, remains on keeping a vigil at Sebastian’s bedside and we ask that we are left alone to deal with this as a family.
The police investigation continues with an examination of the coach due to commence today.
Members of Stamford Rugby Club have said they are devastated after a 9-year-old boy fell from a coach which was returning from a tournament.
The club was travelling back from Holt in north Norfolk when Sebastian Goold fell out of a door near the back of the double decker - while other passengers queued for the toilet.
A nine-year-old boy in critical condition in hospital after falling from a moving coach in Norfolk may have been injured after a door opened suddenly, police have said.
The boy, who was returning to his home in Lincolnshire after playing in a tournament in Norfolk for Stamford Rugby Club, was hurt after the incident on the A47 near King's Lynn.
Norfolk Police confirmed the boy's father was travelling on board the 71-seater double-decker coach while his mother travelled in a car as part of the convoy.
The coach is being held in a secure compound where it is being examined by police and officials from the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency.
Inspector Chris Brooks said: "This is a very difficult time for the boy's family and we have specially trained officers supporting them.
"As a result of initial inquiries we know just prior to the incident that people were queuing for the toilet.
"Somehow, the door has opened and the boy has fallen from the moving coach.
"We will also be speaking to other people who were on board at the time of the incident and it would be inappropriate to speculate on possible causes at this stage."
The boy has been transferred from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.
Anyone who witnessed the incident should contact the serious collision investigation team at Norfolk Police on 101.
A 9-year-old boy from Lincolnshire who fell out of the back of a coach has been named locally as Sebastian Goold.
He was part of a team returning to Stamford from a Rugby tournament in Norfolk. The coach was on the A47 near Kings Lynn. He remains in a critical condition in hospital. His club say they are shocked at what has happened.
A nine-year-old boy who was seriously injured after falling from a coach as it travelled on the A47 near King’s Lynn yesterday remains in a critical condition.
The boy was initially taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn and later transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
Police are today continuing with investigations into the circumstances of how the boy came to fall from the coach as it travelled on a stretch of single carriageway at Tilney All Saints.
The incident happened shortly before 3.45pm as the team travelled home from Stamford Rugby Club.
"As a result of initial enquiries we know just prior to the incident that people were queuing for the toilet. Somehow, the door has opened and the boy has fallen from the moving coach.
"The coach was recovered yesterday and is being kept in a secure compound. The vehicle will be examined by police and VOSA investigators and this is the focus of our enquiry at this stage.
"We will also be speaking to other people who were on board at the time of the incident and it would be inappropriate to speculate on possible causes at this stage.”
Neil Jolly, the chairman of Stamford Rugby Club, has been talking to ITV's Michael Billington about the incident in which a 9-year-old boy suffered life-threatening injuries after falling from a moving coach in Norfolk.
A total of 20 children and 10 adults were on board the 71-seater coach at the time of the incident.The youngsters are from Stamford Rugby Club in Lincolnshire and were travelling home after playing in a tournament at Holt in North Norfolk when the incident happened.
Thoughts and prayers are with my old Club, Stamford Rugby Club and the boys family. Awful news. Fingers crossed.
Thoughts are with Stamford Rugby Club at this time.
A nine-year-old boy from Stamford Rugby Club in Lincolnshire is in a critical condition after falling from a coach on the A47 near King’s Lynn.
It happened shortly before 3:45pm when a boy fell from a door towards the back of a double-decker coach as it travelled on the A47 at Tilney All Saints.
The boy suffered serious injuries as a result and was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn where his condition is described as critical.
Thirty passengers, 20 children and 10 adults, were on board the 71-seater coach at the time of the incident although no one else was injured.
The youngsters from the rugby club were traveling home after playing in a tournament at Cromer in north Norfolk when the incident happened.
The road remains closed while police carry out investigations and the coach is recovered. Local diversions are in place.
This is a serious incident which has left a nine-year-old boy fighting for his life.
The circumstances of how the boy came to fall from the coach will form part of our investigation and it would be inappropriate to speculate further at this stage.
The boy’s parents, who were travelling with the teams, are being supported by specially trained officers.
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