Geordie Chapter teamed up with the North East Truckers (NET) last night, as part of their annual convoy. About thirty bikes, including fifteen Geordie Chapter members, led the way from Washington Services, along the A1 and up to the racecourse at Gosforth Park. The was no definite count on the number of lorries taking part but there was somewhere between sixty and eighty.
NET convenes an annual show at the racecourse and fund-raising activities play a major part in their overall fun. Previous events have, individually, seen more than thirty thousand pounds raised for various charities.
Last night’s collection was for a very worthy cause, Seb and Olivia’s Den. Unfortunately, both of these extremely special children have passed away from their illnesses but the money raised will go towards a sensory room, in their memory, at Northburn Community Centre. The room will benefit children and their families from across Northumberland.
We brought the A1 to a standstill in places as people stopped to stare. We travelled about thirty miles-per-hour and people lined all the bridges along the way to photograph and video the convoy. There’s a few videos on YouTube, if you want to take a look. We all know that V-Twins are loud but some of these sixteen-plus litre machines made a fantastic backdrop to the run. Davey tried his best to match the lorries, pipe for pipe!
Once we landed at Gosforth, we peeled off and parked up next to Border Minstrel. We wandered back down to see all the lorries take up their places. It took more than half an hour to get them all in. Quite a sight!
We then consumed chips, coffee or beer, and soon enough, we all headed our separate ways home.
Thanks to Helen for making it all happen!
If you would like to know more about North East Truckers, you can find their website here.