Eggcellent motorcycle charity event in Northumberland

A charity motorcycle event will take place across Northumberland this weekend.

The Blyth Valley Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) Easter Egg run is taking place on Saturday, April 19, and is expected to see hundreds of bikers take to the roads in the name of charity.

The bikers will set off from Ashington at 10.30am and the 60 mile route will see them travel across Northumberland taking in Widdrington, Amble, Alnwick, Stannington, Bedlington and Blyth before finishing in Seaton Delaval.

All bikers attending are asked to bring an Easter egg and the eggs 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 the event saw 450 bikes take part and over 1,100 Easter eggs donated. Over £500 was raised for charity.