Bikers remember Washington’s World War One dead on UK-wide tour

Bikers and Legion gather to bless the fallen at Washington Village War Memorial
Bikers and Legion gather to bless the fallen at Washington Village War Memorial
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MOTORBIKER riders on a nation-wide tour paid a moving tribute to men and women who have fallen in battle.

The leather-clad bikers pulled into a Washington war memorial as part of a UK-wide tour, to honour those who lost their lives in conflict over the last 100 years.

Starting at the National Memorial Arboretum, the Wreath of Respect is on an eight-day motorcycle journey, covering more than 1,250 miles.

Former serviceman Darren Burton, who brought the wreath to Washington, said: “It is my way of remembering the people who have gone before. It is our way of showing respect and saying thank you.”

The tour, which is raising money for the Royal British Legion, will also visit Glasgow, York, Liverpool, Cardiff, Plymouth and Oxford, before the wreath returns to Staffordshire on Saturday.

The Rev Canon David Glover, British Legion chaplain for the area and Rector at Holy Trinity Church Washington Village, said that the event was given special meaning because of First World War commemorations, but remained relevant because of modern conflicts.

He said: ”It is a poignant thing for us, because even in the past few years we have had deaths.

“This event reminds us that we are not forgotten and that we are part of something bigger.“

Richard Bell, Parade Marshal of Washington branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “It is a real honour that the gentlemen have stopped off here on their journey.

“It means a lot that we have been selected.”