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The world's biggest poppy

Published: 09 November 2017

Updated: 09 November 2017

If you so happen to be flying over London on Sunday November 12 you’ll probably notice someone’s painted the M25 red. But it’s actually around 4,000 motorcyclists – all wearing red and all riding together to show their respect for Armistice Day.

However, if you’re not in an aeroplane, and want to join in then it’s open to anyone on any bike (so long as you wear something red). The Ring of Red started four years ago with the idea of creating a giant poppy around the M25 for Armistice Day and to help raise money for Armed Forces men and women.


Here’s how to join in on this week’s meet of the week; the organisers are encouraging riders to start arriving at Cobham, South Mimms, Clacket or Thurrock Services from 9am. Organisers will then group the riders and explain the formations. There are other meeting points on adjoining motorways, check the website for more details on those. The ride starts at 1pm and goes clockwise. Cobham starts first, heading northbound to South Mimms, the organsiers will then give the go ahead for South Mimms who will go out in front of the Cobham rider and so on. Once all services are linked it will form the world’s biggest poppy!

Event organiser Luke Eastwood says: “People can ride as little or as much as they like, it’s totally up to you, but we try and encourage everyone to stay on for at least 45 minutes to make the ring. We ask that everyone also rides in the first lane, sticks to 60mph and takes a staggered line – just to really make sure that we all link up and create the poppy.

By creating this poppy we’re really hoping to give a massive mark of respect for Armistice Day and everyone is welcome to join in - just don’t forget to wear red!

Last year we had around 3000 riders, this year we’re expecting closer to 4000. So if you’re interested in volunteering and marshalling please do get in touch. We hope to see you there!”

Where is it: The M25
When is it: Sunday 12th November, arrive at the services of your choice for around 9am.
How to get in touch: Visit or visit the Ring of Red Facebook page

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