Mark from Superbike Rental was lucky enough to be invited to join Brigadier Richard Dennis OBE ADC, the Army’s Director of Infantry, on the London section of his tour of the nation’s Regimental Head Quarters on his motorcycle to personally slap the backs of the men and women of the infantry and raise money and awareness for the Army Benevolent Fund, The Soldiers charity.
From 1 to 10 October, Brigadier Richard Dennis OBE ADC stopped at many of the 17 Regimental Head Quarter’s (RHQs) and the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas in Staffordshire, where he took part in the annual Service of Remembrance. At each RHQ he met some of those soldiers and families who have been supported by the Fund and highlighted the vital role the headquarters play in recruiting, distributing benevolence, organising the repatriation of the Infantry’s dead, the long term care of their wounded and, critically, providing help with finding a second career when they leave the Army.
We met up with Brigadier Richard Dennis OBE ADC at the Thurrock Services. It was a glorious day and great place for a coffee. It was at Thurrock that the Essex Police handed the group over to the Metropolitan Police Diplomatic Protection Group who escorted us through London. Richard said “This will probably be the only time I will ever be able to get across London without any traffic problems”.
On arrival to our destination at Wellington Barracks we were greeted by The Band of the Irish Guards and Queen’s Company of the First Battalion The Grenadier Guards. We did not expect such a welcome and the local tourists wondered what was happening as 10 bikers were greeted on the parade square!