Looking tanned and fit, marching in their best parade ground style, two British servicemen, June 17, entered the Lincoln Tunnel, which carries traffic under the Hudson River from New Jersey to New York.
Looking tanned and fit, marching in their best parade ground style, two British servicemen, June 17, entered the Lincoln Tunnel, which carries traffic under the Hudson River from New Jersey to New York. Flight-Sergeant Patrick Maloney, a parachute jump instructor, and Staff-Sergeant Mervyn Evans, were near the end of their long trek from San Francisco to New York.
Preceded by a police car and followed by crowds of pressmen, the two soldiers strode down busy Eight Avenue towards the British Exhibition. Police blocked the heavy road traffic so they could continue the last few miles of a 3,031-mile hike without any delay. When they marched into the Exhibition their time for the distance was 66 days 4 hours and 17 minutes. This undercut the existing record - established 34-years ago - by 13 days.
Waiting to greet the two men and Sergeant Roy Rogers - who drove the Landrover in which the marchers slept and kept their equipment - was the Chairman of the British Exhibition, William Hunter McFadazean, and the British Military Attache in the United States, Major-General J.N. Carter.
After talking to pressmen and posing for photographs, the two marathon walkers were led to the "Red Lion Inn" on the fourth floor and were soon toasting each other in beer. Summing up, Sergeant Evans said: "It was a gruelling test of endurance. I would not do it again for GBP1 a mile" Sergeants Evans and Maloney will make a personal appearance at the British Military Tournament and Tattoo, in New York.