Bikers gear up for charity

Fast Freddie Spencer at Bamburgh.
Fast Freddie Spencer at Bamburgh.

The ninth annual Gary Routledge Ride and Show, an event which has become a key feature of the North East motorcycling calendar, took place at Burgham Park.

Nearly 150 bikes gathered at the Dyke Neuk in Meldon to ride the first leg to Bamburgh Castle.

The weather cleared for the return leg via Wooler and by the time the riders reached Burgham Park for the show their number had grown to more than 200.

They were joined by the former 250 and 500cc world champion ‘Fast’ Freddie Spencer, from Louisiana, pictured above with his partner at Bamburgh.

The event raised more than £1,200 for the Great North Air Ambulance Service and A Fish for Life, a locally-based charity which funds education projects in Kenya.

All those involved with the event want to send their sincere condolences to the family of Ian Bell, who was killed while competing in the Isle of Man TT. Ian was a regular sponsor of the day.