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Moray Poppy Ride is attended by 150 cyclists as tributes are paid to fallen


By Jonathan Clark

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Cyclists get set to begin the event at Cooper Park in Elgin. Picture: Tony Carroll
Cyclists get set to begin the event at Cooper Park in Elgin. Picture: Tony Carroll

THE annual Moray Poppy Ride returned for its fourth edition on Armistice Day, with 150 cyclists paying tribute to the fallen around the area.

The poppy ride was organised for Saturday, November 11, by husband and wife duo Mervyn and Lindsey Stanley and sees riders undertake either a 52 or 64-mile cycle.

Cyclists stopped at 11 war memorials in Moray to honour the fallen, raising funds to support Poppy Scotland, veterans and their families.

Cyclists passing the war memorial in Dallas. Picture: Tony Carroll
Cyclists passing the war memorial in Dallas. Picture: Tony Carroll

The cycle began at Elgin's Cooper Park and finished at the Windswept Brewery in Lossiemouth.

The all-important coffee stop was at Kinloss Barracks, hosted by 39 Engineer Regiment, where the cyclists had the opportunity to race down the main runway.

Riders were given the chance to race down the runway at Kinloss Barracks. Picture: Tony Carroll
Riders were given the chance to race down the runway at Kinloss Barracks. Picture: Tony Carroll

Poppy-themed sandwiches and cakes were provided by MacLeans Highland Bakery.

Gordon Michie, head of fundraising at Poppyscotland, said: “The Moray Poppy Ride organised by Mervyn and Lindsey is a brilliant event that brings people together to do something fun.

"It also raising much-needed funds to support the Armed Forces communities across the country, including in Moray."

The event raised funds for Poppy Scotland. Elgin Cycling Club's Diane Maciver is pictured right. Picture: Tony Carroll
The event raised funds for Poppy Scotland. Elgin Cycling Club's Diane Maciver is pictured right. Picture: Tony Carroll


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