United front against terrorism

A participant in the 'united against terrorism ride' in Sleaford.
A participant in the 'united against terrorism ride' in Sleaford.

Dozens of riders from across Sleaford came together on Sunday in a united show of support for those affected by the terror attacks in Paris.

Draped in the French Tricolor and Union flags, participants in the United Against Terrorism Ride held a minute’s silence in the Market Place followed by a procession through the town.

Scooters and bikes line up in the Market Place.

Scooters and bikes line up in the Market Place.

Organised by the Sleaford All-Knighters scooter club, the event was a mark of respect for the 130 people killed in France.

It was also to show unity – with two traditional biking adversaries joining forces.

Organiser Rob Castle, from the All-Knighters, said: “It was a chance for us to come together and take part in a ride-out for the people killed and injured in the attacks.

“One of our members was very emotional about what had happened and said we ought to do something to show our support.

“The day went really well with 40 scooters and bikes taking part. The public were brilliant too – asking what we were doing and saying how great it was as a town to support the victims in France.”

The minute’s silence and ride was something several scooter and biker clubs up and down the UK took part in on the day.

“It was also to show that bikers and scooterists, who have historically fallen out, can come together in a united stand against terrorism,” he said.

Mr Castle, who works for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, added: “Being a fire officer for about 30 years, unfortunately I have seen people suffering in various situations and I can only imagine what the people affected in France went through.

“We also have members who have sons and grandsons currently in the Armed Forces. I myself have a son who has been out in Afghanistan and completed two tours of the country.”

Club members took part in this year’s Remembrance Day parade and received good feedback from the public.

“We even had people coming up to us to shake our hands,” said Mr Castle.

“It meant a lot to them that we were showing support, so we thought we should do it again to show a united front against terrorism.”

The group has raised £4,000 for charities this year alone, through various events.

It meets regularly at the Jolly Scotchman in Lincoln Road.

It was here where the procession ended on Sunday.