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Crowds pay respects to ‘Bernie’ at National Memorial Arboretum

Bernie Jelfs

OVER one hundred people have gathered at the National Memorial Arboreum in Alrewas, near Tamworth today (Sunday 7th Januray) to pay their respects to Bernie Jelfs who sadly passed away last week.

‘Bernie’ is part of the Ride to the Wall event which takes place annually at the National Memorial Arboretum to gives motorcyclists an opportunity to gather together at a place of remembrance, to pay their respects to serving and fallen service men and women.

Bernie could be seen each year, travelling with his dog, Marlow, on the rear of his bike from Llanberis in North Wales.

Being such a well-known member of the RTTW family, once the tragic news of his passing spread via the Official Ride to the Wall Facebook group a memorial service was naturally organinsed as tributes flooded in from around the country.

Tamworth Informed extensively covered the 2017 Ride to the Wall event and our reporte, Edna Hills, had the privilage of interviewing Bernie prior to setting off from Drayton Manor Park.  That video can be seen here.

We were fortunate to be invited along today to pay our respects and to document the event for those that could not attend.

If you know anyone who could not make the event then please share this article with them so that they do not miss out. Unfortunately the admins over at the RTTW page will not allow us to share this link there.

This is the full service that was held within the chapel at the NMA:

We also got to speak to some of Bernie’s Family at the Service:

Below you can see a selection of interviewd with various attendees at the event:



  1. thank you so much for being at the NMA and doing this report, Like so many I was unable to attend the service for such a great man and friend.

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