Bikers visit Ellon memorial

Widows Sons with the Provincial Grand Lodge of Aberdeenshire East
Widows Sons with the Provincial Grand Lodge of Aberdeenshire East

A group of big-hearted bikers took part in a wreathlaying ceremony at the war memorial at Lodge Ythan in Ellon recently.

The group’s visit was part of a fundraising effort to raise £60,000 for Poppyscotland, whilst also commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Members of the Grand Lodge of Scotland and their motorcycle riders association, The Widows Sons Scotland, are touring 31 cenotaphs and memorials over eight weekends as the 100-year anniversary of the end of the First World War approaches.

Supporting the latest leg of the nation-wide tour were the Provincial Grand Lodge of Aberdeenshire East and the local Lodges who combined to raise more than £100 for Poppyscotland, with Freemasons from Lodge Ythan No 892 providing hospitality.

Gordon Michie, Head of Fundraising at Poppyscotland, said: “The money raised by the Grand Lodge of Scotland and their motorcycle association Widows Sons Scotland will improve lives in the Armed Forces community. I’d like to thank them for their wonderful work, it is greatly appreciated.

“It will fund a specialised employment service so that disabled veterans can get support to find suitable, sustainable employment, or allow us to undertake major home adaptations, enabling a seriously disabled veteran to remain in the comfort and safety of their own home.”

Charles Iain Robert Wolrige Gordon, Grand Master Mason of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, added: “We are delighted Widows Sons Scotland tour of the country is raising vital money for Poppyscotland and that it will help facilitate its much-needed work. The bravery of our Armed Forces, both serving men and women as well as veterans, is something to be very proud of and we’re honoured to support an excellent charity that recognizes their invaluable contribution.”

Widows Sons Scotland is a motorcycle association in Scotland whose members are Freemasons.