Bikers get on the road to support charities

Bikers on the Gary Routledge Ride at Bamburgh Castle.
Bikers on the Gary Routledge Ride at Bamburgh Castle.

Dozens of people put on their leathers for an annual charity ride through parts of Northumberland.

Those taking part in the Gary Routledge Classic Ride and Show were joined by MotoGP star Bradley Smith, along with Niall MacKenzie and his sons.

The start point was the Dyke Neuk in Meldon and after going into Morpeth, the group travelled north to Bamburgh Castle. They then headed inland and the long straights and sweeping bends of the A697 brought the riders to the Classic Bike Show at Burgham Park, which attracted 400 visitors.

The event to honour Gary Routledge, who died in 2007, raised funds for the Great North Air Ambulance and Riders for Health, which supports and maintains motorcycles and other vehicles that are essential for the provision of aid and medical services in the poorest parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

One of the main organisers, Steve Johnston, said: “In Morpeth, shoppers were treated to the sight of 200 bikes on the high street and residents with long memories might have recalled the days of shining Japanese two strokes ridden by skinny teenagers.

“When the second leg of the run began the air was filled with sound, from the rumble of a classic Triumph to the crackle of a Kawasaki triple, as the riders headed for the roads across the Northumberland moors.

“At Burgham Park, Terry Allan’s immaculate 1960 Velocette took Best in Show and the family of Graham Turnbull presented a memorial trophy, which was won by Chris Todd’s beautiful KH500.”