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Hundreds take part in war horse walk from Ormskirk to Lathom park

Walkers were led by two police horses from Lancashire constabulary

P.C.s Adam Pearson riding police horse Elswick and Tom Draper, riding Sawley.

Hundreds of people took part in the iconic War Horse walk last Saturday, organised by West Lancs Council for Voluntary Services and Visit Sefton.

The walk left Ormskirk railway station at 10am, led by local historian Paul Kenyon, chairman of Lathom Park Trust.

The walk took the original route that thousands of horses would have taken from Ormskirk Station to Lathom Park Remount Depot, in 1914/15, where they were trained for use in the First World War.

Over 150 people took part in the walk, which was led by two police horses from Lancashire Constabulary.

The riders wore black ceremonial coats with poppies, as a tribute the the thousands of horses that were killed in the Great War.

Members from the Facebook group Ormskirk Bygone Times took part in the walk, they posted on their site: “The War Horse event was fantastic this morning, and seemed to prove a popular event. We even had our very own police horse escort, making the event extra special.

“There were lots of great people to chat to along the way and so much history to walk past.”

Lathom Park was one of only three Remount Depots in the UK for many of the war horses.

The horses arrived at the railway station from Liverpool Docks, later there was a direct link to Lathom Park.

Lathom Park was also where thousands of men were sent to learn different equine skills.

A number of them were civilian blacksmiths and farriers, who eventually became soldiers.

A leaflet has been produced which will allow walkers to follow the route themselves and copies will shortly be obtainable from West Lancashire libraries, Southport Eco Centre and Tourist Information Office.