PREPARATIONS are now well under way for an annual event that sees hundreds of bikers descend on a national centre of remembrance near Burton.
Organisers of the seventh annual Ride to the Wall have revealed that hundreds of people have already signed up to take part in the event that raises thousands of pounds every year towards the upkeep of the National Memorial Arboretum, in Alrewas.
The team behind the event has offered a close look at how the event is put together and what first-timers have to look forward to in October.
Founder Martin Dickinson said: “The event is a unique and moving experience for many people.
“Originally founded in 2008 for the motorcycle community, it now sees people both young and old from the UK, Europe and further afield coming together in a moving emotional service to remember the names engraved on the walls of the Armed Forces Memorial at the site.
“There are many reasons why people attend but, for one day in October, it is an opportunity for people to unite as one and remember those that have given their lives in conflict and can no longer ride by our side.
“Ride to the Wall has raised more than £218,000 to support the upkeep of the arboretum.
“Since the day after last year’s event a small but committed and dedicated team of volunteers are once again, along with some new volunteers, working tirelessly and passionately to create an unforgettable experience for all those who attend in 2014.
“This is a role they have been committed to since early 2008, and their commitment and enthusiasm grows stronger and stronger year on year, for which I am humbled and grateful.
“The 250 additional volunteers needed to create this event will slowly be coming on board from this month, and working towards a crescendo on the first weekend in October.
“Without these people, the event wouldn’t be able to take place.”
This year’s event will take place on October 4, and more information is available online at www.rttw.org