A group of predominantly ex-servicemen motorcyclists – who ride to remember, recall and raise funds for veterans’ charities – are gearing up for a 500 mile tour, which will culminate at the former Waterbeach barracks with a visit to Waterbeach Military Heritage Museum and an act of remembrance on 2 September 2018.
The East Anglian Bikers’ Three Counties Ride of Remembrance consists of a small but hardy group of motorcyclists, who will be taking on this challenge during the August Bank Holiday week. The touring party will ride for eight days and visit 10 military museums in Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridge.
On route they will be joined by fellow bikers, veterans and veterans’ groups – some with vintage military motorbikes – as well as interested members of the public as they visit museums, memorials and sites of military interest.
During the tour they will commemorate a number of servicemen killed in action or as a result of motorcycle accidents whilst serving. They will also remember a tour party member, Sapper Owen Stephen Roberts, who lost his life earlier this year after a brief but brave battle with cancer.
The former barracks and airfield at Waterbeach is the final stop on the tour and the bikers will be joined by Reg Manning (89 years old), a motorcycle enthusiast who has been riding for many decades. Reg, who lives locally, is joining the tour on its final leg through Cambridgeshire and will be riding his RAF Dispatch Riders Motorcycle in RAF uniform.
Paul Martin, armed forces veteran and tour organiser, said: “We’ve had a fantastic response and are expecting bikers, ex-service personnel and members of the public to join us at the venues we are visiting along the tour. Our final stop at Waterbeach has attracted a lot of interest and we are expecting over 120 people to be there to support us and share memories.”
The final day of the tour will include a visit to Waterbeach Military Heritage Museum, tours of the site and a wreath laying, sponsored by Urban&Civic, in an act of remembrance for the servicemen and women who were based at Waterbeach barracks.
The tour members and guest will then enjoy lunch at The Brewery Tap in Waterbeach, before heading to Waterbeach Cemetery for a final act of remembrance at the grave of Junior Tech Ronald Kerr, who died aged just 19 in a fatal motorcycle accident whilst off duty in Cambridge on 28 April 1959.
The Biker Veterans are raising money for charity – RAF 100 Appeal, Royal British Legion and Combat Stress for Veterans Mental Health.
For more information about the tour and how to donate, visit www.facebook.com/Biker-Veterans-Ride-of-Remembrance-472212996494583/