Thousands Expected To Honour PC Andrew Harper During ‘Ride Of Respect’
Thousands of motorcyclists are expected to turn out for a ‘ride of respect’ event that has been arranged to honour the memory of PC Andrew Harper.
PC Harper was tragically killed after he responded to reports of a burglary on 15th August.
A Facebook group, set up by Sian Sloper, gave details of a plan to undertake a commemorative ride to honour the memory of the police officer.
Yesterday (7th October) it was announced that the ride of respect would take place on Sunday 27th October.
In a post published in the group – that has over 9,000 members, Sian said:
“As promised… I can now confirm the PC Harper – Ride of Respect will take place on Sunday 27th October.
“Pop it in your diary… I’m sorry for anybody that can’t make it, but this is the date.
“Timings for arrival at RAF Benson:
“09.00 am to 11.45 am – the first pod leaves at 12.00 pm on the dot.
“You MUST be in the gates at RAF Benson by 11.45 am!!
“The gates will be closed at 11.45 am, and you will not be allowed in.
“Please do your best to get there before 11.30 am if possible.
“There will be a bit of hurry up and wait, but unfortunately that’s just how these things go… We’re doing our best
The route will take riders from its starting point at RAF Benson to Abingdon Airfield.
The tragic death of PC Harper touched the nation after he was killed just four weeks after getting married and one week before he was due to go on his honeymoon.
Generous colleagues and members of the public have raised over £319,000 in PC Harper’s memory via a JustGiving page that was set up by the Thames Valley Police Federation.
Thames Valley Police has confirmed a private funeral for PC Harper will take place on Monday, 14th October, at Christ Church Cathedral in St Aldate’s, Oxford at 11 am.
CLICK here to join the ‘Ride of Respect’ public Facebook Group