Still time to join other motorcyclists to pay respects to British war dead


Up to 10,000 motorcyclists will be taking part in a ride to commemorate servicemen and women who have lost their lives in conflict and to thank the towns that have played a part in honouring them.

The Ride of Respect, which is in its fourth year, will take place this Sunday 16th June between 9am and midday. The ride was originally conceived by two biker enthusiasts back in 2010 when it passed through Royal Wootten Bassett, close to RAF Lynham, which used to be the base into which the bodies of armed forces staff were first bought back to the UK.  After the base closed, this reverted back to Brize Norton. This year the ride will go through Carterton and Brize Norton for the first time - to reflect the part those areas now play in the repatriation of bodies of military personnel. The main riders will gather at Dalton Barracks in Oxfordshire and will set off in groups of 500 every 15 minutes on an AA marked route. You can register on the day at the Dalton Barracks between 8 and 11 am.  There is a minimum donation of £10 per rider or pillion and if you are planning to participate and would like some official Legion merchandise to wear on the day, visit the online Poppy Shop. For more information about the Ride of Respect see the British Legion website.