The Cairn to the Castle

It was wet, but we managed it! From the Lockerbie Cairn to the Castle. It was the second stage of a three-part transatlantic challenge ahead of the 30th anniversary of the disaster.

The final leg in the US will start in Washington DC and end at Syracuse University, which lost 35 students in the bombing.

Scottish secretary David Mundell welcomed the cyclists at a reception at Edinburgh Castle after they had completed the ride to the Scottish capital.

He said: “As we approach the 30th anniversary of the bombing, it is fitting that five local men are making the journey to Syracuse to remember those lost, and to raise money for a local youth mental health charity.”

The five cyclists who will be travelling to the US for the final leg later this month include Colin Dorrance, who was an 18-year-old off-duty police officer on the night of the bombing.

He saw the plane crash and was immediately recalled to duty.

David Whalley led the RAF search and rescue team on the night, while Paul Rae was an 18-year-old Lockerbie resident in 1988 and volunteered to help search the hills that night.

The other two in the group are David Walpole, who was a bank manager in Dumfries in 1988, and Brian Asher, the headteacher at Lockerbie Academy.

As part of the challenge, the team will also raise funds for a local mental health charity to fund a dedicated worker based in Lockerbie Academy.