The Hunter Region’s Memorial Day began with 70 bikes gathering at the Raymond Terrace `Maccas’ in preparation for the 37km ride to Tucker Park in Paterson NSW.
This year, Hunter Coalfields Branch took its turn in organising the day with representatives from Upper Hunter, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Lower Hunter and Port Stephens branches in attendance.
At 9.30 am the parade began, meandering through farmland which is normally lush green pastures but in the middle of a drought, colour is not high on natures list at the moment.
Arriving at Tucker Park, we were met by another 30 members and the sounds of a Scottish piper, who escorted the bikes into the parklands under the glorious sunshine.
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All then settled in for a sausage sizzle and drinks before the Memorial Day service, which was conducted by Padre Matt Nichols from the Longriders Motorcycle Club.
Mike Abberfield read a message from Jen Woods, our National President, and was backed up by Branch members who all read the names of those Ulysses members, friends and relatives that have ridden on. A day of reflection that was, in one word – brilliant!
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