Motorcyclists dressed in red will join the M25 clockwise from service stations at 12.30pm on Sunday, aiming to create the effect of a poppy around the motorway.
Thousands of bikers plan to take to the M25 dressed in red this weekend to ride in convoy and create the ‘world’s largest poppy’ in tribute to the armed forces.
Motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country have signed up to take part in the unique event, dubbed Ring of Red, on Remembrance Sunday (November 10).
Co-ordinator Julia Stevenson said: “I had a dream of making the M25 into a ring of red to create a poppy… and now we have thousands of bikers wanting to achieve this.”
Riders will hit the motorway at 12.30pm from meeting points at service stations along the 117-mile road – a stretch of which runs through Surrey all way from Clacket Lane services to Heathrow Airport – to form a red circle going clockwise.
Special patches have been created for the riders who have also been asked to wear a red T-shirt and a Royal British Legion poppy to mark Remembrance Day.
The organisers are hoping that once the ring is complete, Google will take a satellite picture of the event.
Mrs Stevenson said: “There has always been an affinity between the biking community and the armed forces. Perhaps this stems back to when dispatch riders were used to carry vital messages to and from the front lines.
“This is an opportunity for the biking community to offer a mark of respect to those who have fallen defending our freedoms and liberty.”
She went on: “If we can get enough bikers to join in, and we have estimated we need about 15,000 bikes or more, we can complete the ring very quickly and keep disruption to a minimum.
“We will also be making sure there is sufficient space between bikes to allow other vehicles to use the M25 unhindered.
“I would also like to stress that this isn’t a protest or any kind of political statement, we are quite simply coming together to say ‘thank you’ to those who have given their lives in the service of their country and, in doing so, give us the freedom to do this.”
Through a Facebook group , which has already gained more than 1,300 members, the organisers also urged any motorcyclists, enthusiasts and motorcyle clubs to get involved with the event.
A spokeswoman for Surrey Police said the force was “aware” of the event and was liaising with organisers.
She added: “It is important for people to be able to pay their respects although a balance does need to be struck with any disruption caused to members of the public.
“The force’s roads policing unit have contingency plans in place and has also been liaising with neighbouring forces to ensure that any traffic disruption is kept to a minimum.
“The safety of all road users is the priority of the police and officers will be present on the motorway on Sunday to monitor the situation.”
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