Yesterday we attended the annual memorial service for fallen bikers at the "Lighuis" (Lighthouse) biker church in Vredenburg. This is always a very sombre and sad occasion and unfortunately, and I suppose inevitably considering the lifestyle we have chosen, the list of names on the memorial board keeps growing.
A large number of bikers from the various clubs as well as a few civilians attended the service which started at 08h00 and the Meeulanders were well represented as we had quite recently lost our beloved President of many years; Divi DeVries.
Pastor Errol, a biker himself conducted a very moving service and then the memorial board was carried to the front of the church.
Thomas then called out the names on the board and the Last Post sounded over the loud speakers, many were obviously reduced to tears at this point. After the final prayer family members and then friends were invited to place flowers next to the board in tribute to their loved ones.
We all filed silently out of the church and gathered in the car park outside reflecting on those who had departed, remembering how much they were loved and admired. A memorial ride had been organised and for those that wished to take part, a breakfast at the Captain's Cabin in Saldanha.
We rode in a well disciplined formation up to Velddrif then down the R27 to the Langebaan turnoff, over the new bypass and in to Saldanha and some thirty six bikers gathered for a very good and reasonably priced breakfast and as is the way with bikers the mood was by then relaxed and somewhat more festive.
Please Lord our memorial board has enough names.