‘I have been crazy about bikes all my life’
Ray Risk is the County Representative for the Derbyshire Royal British Legion Riders Branch
“I have been a member for probably eight years. It was a funny story really. I was enjoying a cup of coffee, as you do, at Matlock Bath one sunny Sunday morning and these two people were walking around saying ‘would you like to take part in an Easter egg run?’
“It was for children of soldiers who were currently in Afghanistan and Iraq so I thought ‘yes’ and away I went. En route I met two riders from the Riders Branch from up Doncaster way and got talking a bit and it just went from there.
“As soon as I found out I could combine the British Legion with riding and doing everything I enjoy that was it – I was hooked.
“I’m the County Representative for Derbyshire. Basically, I’m the first point of contact for any village or any area within the county who are having a gala or they want to have some British Legion information.
“There’s nearly 6000 members nationally, but within Derbyshire itself there’s probably around 100.
“All of the work I do wouldn’t be as successful as it is without the support of a great team behind me. They help to make all the events we attend work.
“I was a Combat Medic with the Royal Army Medical Corps and I was in the military for well over 12 years.
“I have been riding bikes since 1963 and I have been crazy about bikes all my life. The only time I’ve ever given up riding bikes was when the children came along and I had the responsibility of a family and going to work.” ÔIT wouldnõt be as successful without the help of a great teamõ
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