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RTTW History

2007

November 2007

Nene Valley Harley Davidson Owners Group members organise a small ride to the National Memorial Arboretum’s Remembrance Day event and formulate ideas for a stand-alone ride.

2008

11th October 2008

After much planning the first Ride To The Wall took place from Tamworth Service Station to the NMA with an overwhelming 1,100 motorcycles of all types attending. Participants paid a fee and in return received a commemorative pin and year bar.

November 2008

A committee of volunteers was formed and the core values quickly established along with the principles of donating all monies raised to the NMA.

12th December 2008

A cheque for £10,300 is presented to Charles Bagot Jewitt, chief executive of the NMA.

2009

10th May 2009

On-line pre-registration for the event was launched along with a range of merchandise. The start point was changed to Drayton Manor Park in order to accommodate the anticipated increase on numbers of those attending.

10th October 2009

The second Ride To The Wall took place with some 2,939 motorcycles of all types pre-registered resulting on a cheque for £29,600 being presented to Charles Bagot Jewitt, chief executive of the NMA.

2010

2nd October 2010

The first Saturday of October was set as the date of Ride To The Wall for this and future years. The event followed the same format as 2009 departing from Drayton Manor Park with 3,300 motorcycles attending.

2011

March 2011

A cheque for £52,750 was accepted by HRH Duke of Kent on behalf of the NMA during his visit there.

June 2011

Ride To The Wall becomes a registered charity.

1st October 2011

For the fourth Ride To The Wall a number of new start points were introduced in order to relieve pressure on the numbers at Drayton Manor Park. 3,610 motorcycles participate in this successful step forward in RTTW’s development.

2012

30th June 2012

The presentation of the cheque for £55,250 is accepted by Pte. Johnson Beharry VC on behalf of the NMA takes place as part of their celebration of Armed Forces Day.

6th October 2012
RTTW 5th anniversary

5th anniversary Ride To The Wall takes place with 4,400 motorcycles registered.

2013

June 2013
Queen's Award for Voluntary Service - The MBE for volunteer groups

Ride To The Wall are awarded The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (the MBE for voluntary groups) in the Queen's Birthday honours list.

Read more about the award here.

29th June 2013

The presentation of the cheque for £70,389 is accepted by Cpl. Johnson Beharry VC on behalf of the NMA takes place as part of the their celebration of Armed Forces Day.

13th September 2013

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service presented to two Ride To The Wall volunteers by the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire at a ceremony at the NMA.

5th October 2013

The sixth Ride To The Wall takes place with 5,200 motorcycles participating and an estimated 20,000 people attending the event itself. Ride To The Wall becomes the NMA’s biggest single event and their largest financial contributor.

2014

28th June 2014

A cheque for £82,750 is accepted on behalf of the NMA by Mrs. Pearl Thrumble and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire.

4th October 2014

The sixth Ride To The Wall takes place with an estimated 4,300 motorcycles participating and an estimated 20,000 people attending the event itself. This was lower than in previous years but the weather was particularly inclement. Ride To The Wall remains the NMA's biggest single event and their largest financial contributor.

2015

27th June 2015

A cheque for £90,500 is accepted on behalf of the NMA by Colin Kemp, a trustee of the NMA, and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire. This brought the total donated since 2008 to a remarkable £408,500.00.

3rd October 2015

The seventh Ride To The Wall takes place with 7,100 motorcycles participating and an estimated 20,000 people attending the event itself.

8th November 2015

Ride To The Wall featured on a special BBC1 Songs of Praise Remembrance programme.

2016

25th June 2016

A cheque for £107,500 is presented by our two patrons, Major General Lamont Kirkland (rtd) and Air Commodore Simon Richardson (rtd), and Wilf Taylor, our oldest 'waller'. The cheque is accepted on behalf of the NMA by Colin Kemp, a trustee of the NMA. This brought the total donated since 2008 to a remarkable £512,000.

1st October 2016

The ninth Ride To The Wall takes place and, despite it being the wettest year yet, some 6,700 bikes participated.

17th December 2016

On 17th December, many 'Wallers' attended a Christmas lunch together at the NMA. This was then followed by the annual NMA Carol concert.