Bikers remember Massereene soldiers

Bikers remember Massereene soldiers

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.

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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