15,000 turn out for Wootton Bassett Afghan Heroes charity ride

Mother's day motorcycle parade a 'huge success' say organisers

AROUND 15,000 people took part in a Mother's Day motorcycle ride through Wootton Bassett to honour soldiers who have lost their lives in the Afghan war.

The day was the brainchild of 18-year-old motorcyclist Elizabeth Stevens, who promoted the idea of the money-raising ride through social networking site Facebook.

It's believed the ride has raised more than £100,000 so far for the Afghan Heroes charity.

All the money raised will be donated to the families who have lost loved ones during the war in Afghanistan.

Wootton Bassett Mayor Steve Bucknell told Sky News: "The vast majority of the people of the town fully support what the bikers are doing today.

"Too many times the town has had to stand still in silence but today is all about noise and movement."