Show trophy in memory of Graham

A new trophy to honour the life of a Morpeth man has been added to an annual motorcycling charity event in Northumberland.

Bank Holiday Monday will see bikers gather for the Gary Routledge Ride & Show, which will begin at the Dyke Neuk in Meldon at 9am.

The route takes in a run up the coast to a tea stop in Bamburgh before the return leg over the moors to Burgham Park – the venue for the bike show.

As always, the event is open to anyone, with families being especially welcome at the bike show. There will be a charity auction and raffle, and trophies will be awarded to the bike show winners.

In addition to the regular show categories, this year will see the introduction of a trophy in memory of Graham Turnbull, who ran Autominster in Coopies Lane. He was taking part in last year’s ride when he was involved in a collision with a car on the B1337 at Longhirst.

He was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, where he was pronounced dead.

Graham was a regular supporter of the Ride & Show and the trophy will be presented by the Turnbull family.

As in previous years, the bikers will be raising money 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 some of the poorest countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

The charity is supported by several professional riders, including current Moto GP star Bradley Smith and former British Superbike champion Niall MacKenzie, both of whom will be participating in the 2014 Ride & Show.