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Thousands to the Wall

On Saturday 1st October thousands of motorcyclists from across the UK and other countries rode the National Memorial Arboretum for ‘Ride to the Wall’ which commemorates members of the UK’s armed services. Now in its 15th year, Ride to the Wall sees riders arrive in convoy at the Arboretum before congregating at the Armed Forces Memorial.

Martin Dickinson

Martin Dickinson, Founder of Ride to the Wall, said: “Each year we gather at Ride to the Wall to remember those who can no longer ride by our side, ensuring that the names on the walls of the Armed Forces Memorial are never forgotten. We want to help make sure that the National Memorial Arboretum can continue to share the stories of those who have served and sacrificed for our country.”

The BMF’s Chair Jim Freeman added: “A moving tribute to those who have sacrificed themselves, defending us. After 15 years, the ‘Ride to the Wall’ is an established event, which deserves all our support.”

Riders set off from eleven designated start points around the country to meet at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. A Service of Remembrance followed, starting with a flypast of a Spitfire fighter and Lancaster bomber, ending with a minute’s silence. Since Ride to the Wall has raised over £1.35 million to support the Arboretum, which is set in 150 acres of grounds open to the public.


Written by Peter Henshaw

All images courtesy of National Memorial Arboretum