Bikers hold remembrance ride on A27

(l-r) Ben Cowley and Bob Bartlett, lay a wreath.
(l-r) Ben Cowley and Bob Bartlett, lay a wreath.

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BIKERS took to the road to remember those who died in the First World War and to raise money for charity.

Members of the Royal British Legion Riders travelled along the A27 making several stops on the way to lay wreaths and have a short service.

141832_RBL_RIDERS_14/6/14  Members of the Royal British Legion Riders branch arriving at Gosport's Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport.  British Legion motorcyclists' A27 remembrance run.  Picture: Allan Hutchings (141832-116) PPP-140614-161802003

141832_RBL_RIDERS_14/6/14 Members of the Royal British Legion Riders branch arriving at Gosport's Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport. British Legion motorcyclists' A27 remembrance run. Picture: Allan Hutchings (141832-116) PPP-140614-161802003

The A27 Remembrance Ride is only in its second year but it got great support with around 40 members taking part in the event.

The bikers met up in Havant on Saturday morning before heading off to Falmer near Brighton.

Several hours later, the ride finished at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport.

Rider and area representative John Hardman said he enjoyed the day.

‘The ride was really good and we had a great number of people show up,’ said the 68-year-old from Fareham.

‘It was an enjoyable day with all the camaraderie and I think everyone had a good time.’

But the ride also had significance for the members as it gave them the opportunity to remember those who had died during conflicts.

To mark their remembrance, wreaths were laid.

John added: ‘We stopped at several sites and we laid a wreath while our chaplain who is also a member said a small piece.

‘Firstly, we stopped off at an old garrison church called St Laurences Church, in Falmer.

‘Then, after laying the wreath and saying a few words, we travelled to an ex-RAF base in Chichester.’

Just before noon the group arrived at the Royal Marines Museum, in Eastney. They then headed to their final stop in Gosport. For John, this was the most moving stop.

He said: ‘I’m ex-navy so to think what those sailors went through while in a submarine is daunting.

‘They didn’t volunteer to go in them so I can’t imagine what it was like.’

The ride is the most recent event held by the Royal British Legion Riders.