Taff begins his marathon trek

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A FORMER Royal Marine set off on an epic charity walk from RM Condor on Saturday morning.

Taff Davies, who lives in Bellevue Gardens and now works for the Department of Work and Pensions, is yomping all the way to RM Poole in Dorset for three different charities.

Taff began his marine career in Arbroath and ended it 25 years later in Poole, and thought a walk between the two sites would be the best way to raise money.

The charities set to benefit are the Royal Marines’ Association, the Special Boat Service Association and Breast Cancer Care, which is particularly poignant as Taff lost his wife to cancer a few years ago.

At the starting line on Saturday, family, work colleagues, friends and former and current marines gathered to give Taff a rousing send off.

And the Commanding Officer of 45 Commando, Lieutenant Colonel Mike Tanner, along with Sergeant Major Martin Small, also wished him well.

Taff was joined by his neighbour and friend Mike Robertson for the first part of his walk which will take in both the Angus and Fife coastal paths.

He then plans to cross the Forth Road Bridge tomorrow (Saturday) on his way south.

Anyone wishing to sponsor Taff can do so at www.justgiving.com/arbroathtopoole