Bikers remember Massereene soldiers

Published Sunday, 02 March 2014
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Hundreds of bikers have converged on Massereene barracks in Antrim to remember Sappers Patrick Azimkar and Mark Quinsey, who were gunned down by dissident republicans outside the base almost five years ago.

Bikers remember Massereene soldiers
Wreaths were laid in remembrance of the fallen soldiers. (© UTV)

The Royal British Legion Motorcycle Riders' Branch organised Sunday's event in honour of the soldiers to raise money for military charities that help wounded veterans and their families.

Following a brief moment of silence, wreaths were laid on the spot where the soldiers were ambushed by the Real IRA gunmen. An email from the mother of Patrick Azimkar was also read out, ahead of the fifth anniversary of the attack.

She said the day of remembrance meant more to her family than words could express.

Derek Winter, from the Royal British Legion Motorcycle Riders' Branch, said: "Money we raise through this goes to local charities to help make life a little easier for service men from all walks of life."

Andy Allen lost his legs in the conflict in Afghanistan.

He said: "It is great to come down to remember those who have gone before us and pay our respects.

"Also, it's important to remember those victims that are still living, like the families, and we need to be there to support them."

Sappers Azimkar and Quinsey were shot dead on 7 March 2009. Two other soldiers and two delivery men were also wounded.

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Equality in Belfast wrote (240 days ago):
To Ulsterman and Adrian Mariead was very fair in her comment nothing about seeking more justice for Nationalists or stating that the Murdering scum on Bloody Sunday were not legit Soldiers. She simply states all those who suffered should get Justice. I will go one step further and state that the Bloody Sunday Familys deserve that the Scum who shot innocents on the streets of Derry need prosecutions as it was the defenders of peace who murdered innocent Irish citizens on that day.
John in Creggan wrote (240 days ago):
@Adrian in Colerain. Surly you mean proper soldiers acted like terrorists on Bloody Sunday.
Mairead in Belfast wrote (240 days ago):
Ulster man in belfast , my name is Mairead, i would appreciate it if you could spell it properly if you are going to refer to me. Secondly, i am as entitled as you or anyone to make a comment based on my own opinion, it is as plain and as simple as that, if you dont like that then that is your problem. Secondly Observer, if the British had admitted Bloody Sunday murders in the first place and not covered it up there would have been no need for the millions spent nor the enquiries. Justice is only one sided when those tasked with ensuring it is served dont do their job or are prevented from doing their job for example via cover ups or collusion. It is down to the families and their tireless pursuit of vindication and justice that ensured dirty secrets like Bloody Sunday were uncovered. It is not unreasonable to want your loved ones murderers prosecuted but it IS a disgrace that those charged with upholding the law have up until today literally got away with murder for over thirty years. In terms of the letters you refer to then i reiterate my first post, justice for ALL.
UlsterMan in Belfast wrote (241 days ago):
Maraid not everthing has to be about the nationalists as you are stating . This is a news article about a good deed done by the RBL motorcycle riders and nothing else . There really was no need to Highjack the story for yourself . WELL DONE TO EVERYONE INVOLVED
Adrian in Coleraine wrote (241 days ago):
@mariead it was proper soldiers who acted on bloody sunday ! Not terrorists !
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