Riders during Ride to the Wall

Thousands Pay Tribute To Fallen At National Memorial Arboretum

The annual ride brings people from all across the UK and further afield together to remember those who ‘can no longer ride by our side’.

Riders during Ride to the Wall

The ride is an annual event since it started 12 years ago (Picture: National Memorial Arboretum).

More than 7,000 motorcyclists have gone to the National Memorial Arboretum to pay tribute to those commemorated on the Armed Forces Memorial.

The ride has been taking place each year since 2007, with people attending from across the UK and overseas.

There are 11 designated start locations across the country, with the majority of the bikers heading together to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

As part of the annual tradition, the motorcyclists are saluted by Northern Ireland veteran David Andrew for five hours as they arrive.

A service of remembrance took place at the Arboretum once all bikers had arrived, with Anthony Cooper laying a wreath at the Armed Forces Memorial.

Anthony was injured in Afghanistan by an IED, losing both legs, his right eye, two fingers on one hand and fingertips from the other.

Anthony Cooper during Ride to the Wall
Anthony Cooper laid a wreath at the Armed Forces Memorial (Picture: National Memorial Arboretum).

Philippa Rawlinson, Managing Director of the National Memorial Arboretum, said: "This is my first ever Ride to the Wall and the sight of thousands of riders streaming in to pay their respects is simply incredible.

"Today provides a fantastic example of people coming together from across the UK and further afield to pay their respects in their own way."

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.

"We ride to make sure that the names on the walls of the Armed Forces Memorial will never be forgotten."

The annual ride has generated almost £1 million to the National Memorial Arboretum, with the event raising £151,000 in 2018 alone.