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

Mark Newton on his modified mobility scooter
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
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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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.