MP’S PER­SONAL TOUR DE FRANCE

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

UN­LIKE last month, it will prob­a­bly not have the crowds lin­ing the streets.

But a wor­thy bike event will be be­gin­ning in Leeds to­day.

Lo­cal Labour MP Fabian Hamil­ton will be set­ting off on his an­nual char­ity ride, rais­ing funds for the city’s Jewish home for the el­derly, Don­isthorpe Hall.

His stops will in­clude the Na­tional Holo­caust Cen­tre in Ne­wark and the Span­ish and Por­tuguese Syn­a­gogue at Laud­erdale Road in Lon­don.

The 10-day jour­ney will take him across the chan­nel and end at Drancy, site of the no­to­ri­ous round-up of French Jews in 1944 be­fore their de­por­ta­tion to the con­cen­tra­tion camps.

It is a place with a deep per­sonal con­nec­tion; his pa­ter­nal grand­par­ents were held in Drancy and then sent to their deaths in Auschwitz.

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