Restaurant boss getting on his bike for charity

Andy King, owner of the Junction Restaurant and Sidings Bar in Widdrington Station.
Andy King, owner of the Junction Restaurant and Sidings Bar in Widdrington Station.

A Northumberland restaurateur is encouraging his customers to get on their bikes to raise money to help former armed forces personnel.

Andy King, owner of the Junction Restaurant and Sidings Bar in Widdrington Station, has already raised more than £1,000 and planning more fund raising events for True Heroes Racing, a charity offering support to injured former military personnel.

After meeting the team at a race, Andy decided to help, and he now raises money at the Grangemoor Road restaurant to help fund the team.

His next event is a barbecue with a US Independence Day theme on Saturday which he hopes will attract bikers from all over the North East.

Andy said: “I know people who have been affected by the conflict in Afghanistan, so this charity is very close to my heart.”

“I remember watching the team riding the bikes with ease and couldn’t tell that some of them had suffered horrific injuries.

“Our family fun day on July 4 will have an American theme, and it would be great to get a couple of Harley-Davidson motorcycles standing outside with the more traditional British, Italian and Japanese bikes that regularly visit us.”

The Junction and Siding Bar is just three miles from Druridge Bay, a beauty spot regularly visited by bikers from all over Europe.

To encourage more motorcyclists to visit, Andy keeps an extensive stock of non-alcoholic drinks as well as speciality teas and coffees.

Barman Dane Dixon, a GP superbike rider, said: “As a biker myself, I can appreciate the hard work that goes into maintaining and riding the bikes.

“I’ve a lot of time for the charity, and it would be great to see more bikers popping in to support it.”