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By Rod Edgar
Annan and Eskdale

SETTING off with only three legs between them, two men cycling the length of Britain for charity played a live online gig in Annan this week.

Under the legend Three Legs, Two Bikes and One Piano, Matt Black and Jon Cox were at The Shed in the town’s Lady Street on Wednesday evening, but anyone was able to tune in thanks to a live Internet broadcast.
Matt, from Ferndown, near Bournemouth, said: “We’ve been mates for years, and I decided a couple of years ago that I wanted to lose weight.”
He added: “John said, ‘I’ll join you.’
“And I said, ‘Yeah? How are you going to do that?'”
However, left with one leg after a childhood lorry accident, John developed an efficient cycling technique, and the two friends gradually built up their distance.
Jon said: “It was a baptism of fire.”
And after hitting 50 miles, he added: “Matt said, ‘You know, we could actually cycle from John O’Groats to Land’s End if we did 50 miles a day’.”
The two friends discovered the charity Wings4Warriors which offers help to disabled ex-Forces personnel, training them to become pilots.
And setting out on a ride the length of Britain ten days ago, aiming to raise £10,000 for the charity, the duo and their friends and family serving as the support team have made it a musical affair.
A professional pianist and comedian for the past 25 years, Matt said: “That’s what I do for a living, so I know I can do this on the way down.”
So together with their support team, the two men are cycling and gigging their way through the country, armed with their own recorded albums ‘Uncharted Territory’ volumes one and two which offer a song for each day of the 21-day journey.
Matt said: “Everyone’s been really friendly; it’s absolutely incredible.”
To support the men in their bid, visit http://www.gofundme.com/wings4warriors

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