Eastbourne navy veteran to join Legion’s Pedal to Paris

Eon Matthews is gearing up for the challenge
Eon Matthews is gearing up for the challenge

A ROYAL Navy veteran who lost friends during the Falklands War will be cycling 300 miles in their memory next month.

Eon Matthew, of Westdown Road, is taking part in the Royal British Legion’s Pedal to Paris event.

Now in its 16th year, the gruelling ride takes cyclists from Greenwich Park, London ,through the countryside of Kent and Northern France right into the centre of Paris.

The 51-year-old said, “The Royal British Legion is a charity close to my heart and has been since I joined the Navy in 1976, serving 23 years in total.

“I was on board HMS Glamorgan during the Falklands War when we were hit by a missile which killed 14 of my shipmates.

“To witness an event such as this is devastating, which is why I know first hand that the work of The Legion is crucial in maintaining the health and well-being of soldiers and their families.”

At around 3pm on Sunday, September 4, the Pedal to Paris fundraisers will cycle down the Avenue de la Grande Armee, then parade down the Champs Elysee, before arriving at the Arc de Triomphe where the ride ends in a moving ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The Seaford resident, who now works at Gatwick and is a volunteer with the Sea Cadets, is entering the Pedal to Paris as part of a team of 14 friends. If you want to support them, go to www.justgiving.com/eonmatthews