The people of Wootton Bassett are very special indeed. It was my great privilege to take part in Ride of Respect 2011 in aid of Afghan Heroes. For a motorcyclist to take part in a massed ride is frankly, a pleasure. We did it to pay tribute to the people of Wootton Bassett, and their spontaneous displays of respect to our fallen.
I was particularly moved by one lady, who shouted out ‘Thank you for coming’ to each and every one of us as we passed. We don’t deserve their thanks.
The people who deserve our thank are the men and women of our armed forces, who risk their lives to serve this country. I feel very humbled today.