September 25th, 2016

Biker convoy ride through Redditch to remember soldier

Updated: 9:35 am, Aug 01, 2016

A CONVOY of more than 200 bikers from across the country rode through Alcester last weekend in memory of a British soldier killed in Afghanistan.

The motorcyclists met at Ragley Hall On Saturday (July 23) at around 9.30am before setting off on the third annual ride in memory of Private Conrad Lewis, who on February 9, 2011 became the 353rd British soldier to die in Afghanistan.

The fleet of bikers, from learners to experts, were escorted through Alcester, Studley and finally Claverdon, where his body was laid to rest in 2011.

As they passed through the town the riders tooted their horns and waved as a sign of respect and recognition.

The annual event to remember the 22-year-old soldier concluded in Leamington, at the Old Leamingtonians RFC, where crowds greeted the riders with a round of applause before a festival with live music, stunt shows, food and exhibitions went on late into the night.

Major Jenny Warren, who recently returned from the Invictus Games with nine medals, and bombardier Ben Parkinson attended the event which was in aid of the 353 charitable trust.

Each rider paid £5 to participate and all stallholders, musicians and landowners gave their services free of charge.

The 353 organisation raises money throughout the year with various events, including rallies and music events, dividing the funds between local military charities.

Conrad’s father, Tony Lewis, aid: “We put the money we raise towards goods and local projects so people can tangibly see where their money has gone.

“We are always really humbled so many people come out to remember not only our son but everyone who lost their lives in Afghanistan.

“It is five years on and people are still supporting us and it still touches my heart.”

Visit http://www.353.org.uk/ for more information.

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