MOTORBIKE enthusiasts showed their support for our armed forces by raising thousands of pounds in South Tyneside.
The Badlanders Motor Cycle Club has now collected and counted all the cash it raised after attracting more than 5,000 people to its latest annual Armed Forces Day event in Bents Park, South Shields, and it came to £10,000.
The annual day of commemoration, now in its sixth year, aims to highlight the work of soldiers past and present, and encourage people to learn more about their role and the sacrifices they make to keep our country safe.
Club chairman Joe Fairrie said: “The biking community put this event on to let people know that bikers in the North East care about what goes on in the world.
“It’s to encourage the people in South Shields, especially children, to see what the armed forces are about.”
About 300 bikers rode from the Hells Angels clubhouse in Murton Street, Sunderland, to Bents Park for last month’s event.
The day featured military parades, live entertainment, face-painting, trade stands and classic cars. Last year, £7,000 was raised for charity.
The event took place on Saturday, June 22, the week before the official Armed Forces Day.
Elaine Middlemass, a volunteer for the charity Support Our Soldiers, has been presented with a cheque for the £10,000 raised.
Mr Fairrie said: “We got massive support from the local coalition of motorcycle clubs and also South Tyneside Council.
“It is an absolute pleasure to organise an event and get the support we do, and it is a pleasure to hand over that cheque to the charity.
“We know it is going to be used correctly, and all the biking clubs in the North East are passionate about doing something for the armed forces.”