87 Royal British Legion motorcyclists held their first Welsh region rally on Vauxhall last weekend.

Known as the Riders Branch, they were formed around 10 years ago and have 6,000 members world wide.

The event included seven live bands over the two evenings as well as an act of Remembrance addressed by Neil Rodgers, the branch secretary and the Last Post and Reveille were played by the talented bugler Julie Blythe from the West Midlands region.

Members from all over the country descended on Monmouth with the farthest travelled motorcycle coming from Jersey.

One of the events was a bike show with seven award categories, ranging from best chop to best superbike.

Winning the ‘Best in Show” was Frederick and Eleanor Manning from Risca with their Triumph Rocket 3 and Simon Brown from Monmouth won the best superbike.

The Triumph has a 2.3 litre engine, with pistons the same size as the Dodge Viper.

Fred explained: “It has two spark plugs to each cylinder and goes from 0-60 mph in a blink which is why there are so many for sale with front-end damage!”

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service were at the event promoting their ‘Bikerdown’ awareness course, explaining what motorcyclists need to be aware of when being involved, or coming across an incident.

The free three-hour course involves an incident management scene tutorial, first aid for motorcyclists and the science of being seen.

On completion, you will get a certificate of attendance and a biker’s first aid kit.

For information, search for BikerDownCymru or to book a place on a course, email [email protected]