Gieves & Hawkes presents an evening with Mr. Henry Worsley No1 Savile Row.
2011 marks the centenary year of two of the most celebrated polar journeys in the history of exploration – those of Captain Scott and Roald Amundsen in their race to be the first to reach the South Pole. The outcome is well documented; Amundsen arrived first claiming the South Pole for Norway beating Captain Scott who arrived three weeks later, 17 January 1912. All five members of Scott’s party perished during their return journey.
In honour of that great event and this tragic sacrifice, six serving soldiers from the British Army retraced both the Scott and Amundsen routes in two teams of three – an event never undertaken since the original in 1911/12. Gieves & Hawkes were proud to have been asked to sponsor this historic journey as after all No1 Savile Row was the original home of the National Geographical Society who appropriately provided Captain Scott with expedition maps and territories information.
Back in Oct we presented Mr. Henry Worsley who lead the expedition, with a special Gieves & Hawkes union jack flag so that when they reached their finale mark at the Pole they could mark their truly memorable and inspirational achievement with the iconic flag.
Last night Mr. Worsley returned to our Savile Row store not only to share with us tales from this incredible journey but also to remind us why he and his team wanted to take part in this extraordinary venture.
All money raised from this expedition will be donated to The Royal British Legion to aid their £25m project to build four Personnel Recovery Centers to rehabilitate wounded servicemen and women through sport and adventurous training.
For further information or to donate please visit www.scottamundsenrace.org