Thousands of Bikers pay their respect

October 5, 2015

THOUSANDS of bikers rode to pay their respects to the armed forces at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas on Saturday.

About 20,000 motorcycle enthusiasts from the UK and overseas took part in annual charity event which is now in its 8th year, with a large number travelling from the Drayton Manor meeting point.

A service for remembrance was held along with a Tiger Moth flypast with all funds being raised for the National Memorial Arboretum.

Riders and passengers gathered at the memorial, which is engraved with the names of more than 16,000 service men and women killed since the end of the Second World War.

Major General Lamont Kirkland patron of the Ride to the Wall said:

“It is a service of remembrance with this unique twist conducted by bikers, for bikers.

“But most importantly we are now attracting the families and the loved ones – fathers and son, brothers and sisters – of the servicemen whose names are on these walls.”

The 2015 Ride to the Wall (RTTW) was the 8th year of the event, which started in 2008.  For the 2008 event it was anticipated that 200 people would be attending, on the day this turned out to be 2,000.

Since the first year and up until this year, the supporters of Ride to the Wall have managed to raise almost £320,000 towards the upkeep of the National Memorial Arboretum which is expanding on a daily basis, and these much needed funds are greatly received and appreciated.

There were performances from the Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team – the White Helmets.