Scotland’s biking community joined forces yesterday to take part in the third annual Ride of Respect, a parade and service of Remembrance organised by Poppyscotland support group, War Torn Troops Remembered (WTTR).
A bike emblazoned with poppies led the convoy of 200 motorbikes, scooters, trikes and quad bikes from Straiton Park & Ride to Princes Street Gardens West in Edinburgh where a service was held at the Scots American War Memorial. Laying the wreath was Sean Wiseman, who serves with The Royal Highland Fusiliers 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS). Sean lost his right leg below the knee as a result of being injured in Afghanistan.
The annual Ride of Respect was introduced in 2012 to enable Scotland’s biking community to commemorate the Fallen and to show support for those affected by the consequences of war today. The event is the brainchild of bikers Karen Holmes and Colour Sergeant Jim Thomson (2 SCOTS) who created WTTR to raise funds for veterans’ charity Poppyscotland. Since January 2013 the group has raised £7,000 for Poppyscotland and an additional collection for the charity was held at yesterday’s event.
Co-founder Karen Holmes said: “We created this event to give bikers in Scotland an opportunity to honour Servicemen and women, past and present, in their own unique way. It was fantastic to see such a big representation today and it clearly demonstrates that support for the Armed Forces is as strong as ever.”
Poppyscotland Community Fundraiser for the East of Scotland Kirstie R-Mitchell said: “We are very grateful to everyone who has taken part in this very special tribute today and to the members of WTTR who have been raising funds for Poppyscotland throughout the year. The support from the biking community really will make a difference to those who have served, those still serving and their families.”