Chance to join riders for event

A group of the bikers who took part in the 2014 Gary Routledge Classic Ride and Show during the tea stop by Bamburgh Castle.
A group of the bikers who took part in the 2014 Gary Routledge Classic Ride and Show during the tea stop by Bamburgh Castle.

An annual event that has become a feature of the Northumberland motorcycling calendar is taking place on Bank Holiday Monday.

This year, those taking part in the Gary Routledge Classic Ride and Show will be joined on the charity run by a genuine celebrity from the world of professional motorcycle racing – three-time world champion Freddie Spencer.

Known as Fast Freddie, he won the 500cc title in 1983 and both the 250cc and 500cc titles in 1985, a feat which has never been repeated.

As in previous years, the bikers will be donating to and collecting funds for the Great North Air Ambulance Service. This year, they will also be raising money for A Fish for Life, which is a charity that supports schooling in areas of Kenya.

The event starts from the Dyke Neuk pub in Meldon, with tea and bacon sandwiches available from 9am.

There will also be an alternative start point for participants at Newcastle Motorcycles on Scotswood Road and both groups will leave at around 10am to head up the coast to Bamburgh for a tea stop in the car park beneath the walls of the castle.

The return leg follows a route through the Northumbrian Hills, via Wooler, to Burgham Park Golf Club, where the bike show and charity raffle will be held.

The event began in 2008 as a memorial run following Gary Routledge’s untimely death from cancer in 2007.