THOUSANDS of bikers will descend on a national centre of remembrance this weekend as part of an annual event.
Ride to the Wall has raised £218,000 for the National Memorial Arboretum, in Alrewas, through its annual motorbike event in which up to 4,000 riders travel to the arboretum to pay their respect to fallen servicemen.
This Saturday will see the sixth incarnation of the event take place and will include the Military Wives Choir and the army’s Parachute Regiment display team the Red Devils.
A spokesman for the event said: “Saturday will see the sixth annual Ride to the Wall motorcycle event take place, with many thousands of motorcyclists from around the country making a pilgrimage to the National Memorial Arboretum.
“Ride to the Wall is the only event of its kind in the country that gives motorcyclists the opportunity to show their support for the armed forces.
“It also raises considerable funds for the National Memorial Arboretum, which is part of The Royal British Legion family of charities and provides a permanent home to the striking Armed Forces Memorial.
“Riders will attend from all corners of the UK as well as continental Europe, either as individuals or in groups and chapters from particular organisations, such as regional Harley Owners Groups, The Royal British Legion Riders Branch and a large number of other owners groups and motorcycle clubs.”
For the event, riders gather at starting points around the Midlands and make their way to the arboretum, where the names of about 16,000 servicemen who have died since the Second World War are engraved on the wall of the armed forces memorial.
The charity received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the highest award which can be given to voluntary organisations - in recognition of its efforts earlier this year.
Rider will begin arriving from around 9.45am this weekend.