Hundreds of bikers will be passing through north Northumberland in the name of charity on their annual Easter parade this Saturday.
The Blyth Valley Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) Easter Egg run will set off from Woodhorn Museum, Ashington, at 11am and the 60-mile route takes them through Widdrington, Amble, Alnwick, Stannington, Bedlington and Blyth, before they finish in Seaton Delaval.
Timings are approximate because there could be as many as 700 bikers involved but they hope to be at the Widdrington Inn at 11.10am for a 15-minute stop. After that, the planned route is:
11.45am: Amble Harbour, stopping for one hour.
1.15pm: Alnwick - heading along South Road, turning right at the war memorial down Denwick Lane and past the entrance to The Alnwick Garden. They are not stopping in Alnwick, nor passing through the town centre.
2.10pm: Bedlington - stopping briefly at the car park opposite the police station.
2.45pm: South Beach, Blyth.
3pm: The Keel Row pub, Seaton Delaval.
All bikers attending are asked to bring an Easter egg, which will all be donated to children in local hospitals. Any money raised during the run will be divided between the Great North Air Ambulance and MAG.
Northumbria Police motor patrols officers have been working with organisers to ensure the event goes smoothly and safely on the day. They will be based at points on the route, speaking to bikers about road safety and handing out safety advice leaflets.
Motor Patrols Inspector John Heckels said: “This is a fabulous event and it’s all done for a really great cause. It gives us the perfect opportunity to get to speak to bikers face to face and pass on information about road safety.
“We are currently running Operation Dragoon, a force-wide road safety initiative and bikers are one of our key audiences. They are particularly vulnerable on the roads as they don’t have the same protection as car drivers, so its even more important that they take care.”
Last year, 450 bikes took part in the event and more than 1,100 Easter eggs were donated. Over £500 was raised for charity.