Big group for ride and show

The Gary Routledge Ride & Show bikers stopped for a break at Bamburgh Castle.
The Gary Routledge Ride & Show bikers stopped for a break at Bamburgh Castle.
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Hundreds of bikers once again took to a number of roads in Northumberland for an annual charity event.

The Gary Routledge Ride & Show, now in its eighth year, has become an established feature of the North East motorcycling calendar.

More than 300 people travelled a distance of 90 miles. They set off from the Dyke Neuk at Meldon and went to Bamburgh Castle before going along to Burgham Park Golf Club, the venue for the show.

The riders were on a range of motorbikes – from venerable classics to the latest high tech machines – but all were there for the same purpose, to have a great day out and raise money for two charities in memory of Gary Routledge, who died in 2007.

They were joined by GP legend Niall Mackenzie and sons Taylor and Tarran.

One of the main organisers, Steve Johnston, said: “As always, the standard of bikes in the show was very high and competition for the various trophies was close, with the Best in Show award going to the Honda CB750 of Neil Dalkien.

“An excellent day out was had by all and the generosity of many of the motorcycling-related businesses from around the region, who provided the prizes, made the charity raffle a great success.

“Donations collected from the bikers and their families, along with the raffle, raised £1,200 for the Great North Air Ambulance and Riders for Health.”