Plans for a hundred motorcycles to travel through east Belfast in support of Soldier F have now been withdrawn, the Parades Commission has confirmed.
Soldier F is the name given to the British Paratrooper facing historic charges from the Bloody Sunday riot in Derry back in January 1972. His identity is currently protected and the demonstration will not be going ahead.
Under the name “Rolling Thunder Ride N Ireland” the moto-rally gathered more bikers from other clubs. Harry Wragg told the Irish News some 4,000 men and machines were to join in the rally at various points.
As a result of an investigation into the events of Bloody Sunday (see timeline below for details ) , the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) has now released the names of the victims.
Mr Wragg explains the reasoning behind the protest, “Our argument is with the government, not the victims of Bloody Sunday,”.
Soldier F faces trial for the attempted murder of Michael Quinn, Joseph Friel, Joe Mahon and Patrick O’Donnell, all of whom survived the shootings and the murders of Jim Wray and William McKinney.