The Northern Standard 7th February 2013

Date set for 11th annual bikers memorial

It’s a fixture that for the past 10 years has become increasingly important to Bikers and their families, from all over Ireland. This year on Friday, 10th of May the Sacred Heart Church in Clones will again host the annual ‘gone but not forgotten bikers memorial’. From early evening the streets of Clones will echo with the sound of hundreds of powerful machines as bikers come to remember and pay their respects to their fallen friends.

This is a truly unique occasion where bikers, their families and the general public come to talk about their loved ones and celebrate their lives and the positive legacy they left behind. These people who have suffered a tragic loss can make a connection with many who understand their pain and can help them through the difficult times. On a lighter note, it’s an occasion where bikes can be found not only in the car park, but on the altar too!

The organising committee with the experience of the 10 years behind them are confident that this year will again see an increase in the numbers attending. Through the website www.gonebutnotforgottenbikersnet and Facebook page committee member and webmaster Ann Marie Marshall believes the message is getting out to a a wider and wider audience. ‘Each year we have seen the memorial grow in terms not only of numbers, but also of geographical spread’ she stated.

Currently Ann Marie is in the process of developing the website to make it more user friendly and accessible. ‘We find that people come across our website first and then move on to the Facebook page. I hope in the next few weeks to make the two more easily sharable, thus reaching more people.' she added.

Those interested in attending this years memorial are advised to watch out for the changes made to the website and Facebook page and mark 10th May in your diary.