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Mr Softail Slim, Peter Currie, led us through four beautiful counties in the north of England on our first Chapter ride-out of 2018.
We whizzed away from Tyne and Wear, into Northumberland and on to the Military Road. A trip through Gilsland meant Cumbria was now upon us and we then crossed the A69 to land at our destination, Talkin Tarn. It was beautiful and the predicted sunshine was out in full force to greet us.
A slight detour (fallen tree) added a few miles to our trip as we headed for Alston and some fuel.
A straight line for Nenthead, then Allendale and back to Allenheads, soon had us into County Durham and the lovely moors over Stanhope. We had the place to ourselves as we whizzed back onto the A68 and down to Corbridge to finish.
A great day for everyone!
The North East Coalition of Motorcycle Clubs again met at Angels Place last night, with a great turn-out from everyone.
Here’s a few things that are happening in March and April:
- 31.3: HAMC Poker Run, starts at 1.00 pm at Angels Place. £10.00 per bike which includes food, party and music – from Hellraiser.
- 31.3: Infidels MCC is hosting an Easter Egg run round Northumberland, meeting at Woodhorn Museum
- 7.4: Erebos MCC is hosting a Bike and Custom Show, at Durham Catholic Club, DH4 7JZ
The next meeting is on 30.3, at 8.00 pm. There are lots of websites and Facebook pages for all NECMC groups, so get online and help support them and the NECMC.
Here’s a few pictures from our fabulous Christmas party at Nissan SLC …
Happy New Year everyone!!
Peter Currie, our Assistant Director, attended his last Committee Meeting last night before standing down from his role at our forthcoming AGM. Peter has kept us all in the loop for years with texts and messages about ride-outs and events.
Peter has had a long and illustrious career on the Geordie Chapter Committee, being the Assistant Director, Activities Officer, Membership Officer and Assistant Head Road Captain at different times: he’s been a real asset to the chapter. Peter will continue his role as Road Captain on the Road Crew, scooting about on his Softail Slim.
We will miss him at our future Committee Meetings!
Geordie Chapter: Pretty in Pink
It’s Sunday morning and the chapter Pink Ride today. As Ruth is one of our chapter Ladies of Harley Officers attendance is mandatory for me, but the weather is looking great, and I’m one of the chapter photographers so it’s an ideal opportunity to get some good shots of pink nutters on decorated bikes.
We are to meet at 10am at the Gateshead dealers. All loaded with Camera, and collection buckets we set off, and after stopping for fuel arrive before the gates open. Ten minutes later we are in and sipping coffee while we wait to see how many others are coming along for the ride.
The plan is to ride out to Seaham sea front and stop at the Tommy memorial statue for a group photo before heading into the center of Durham where Ruth has arranged a street collection permit for us all to raise money for CHUF (The Children’s Heart unit Fund at the local Freeman hospital in Newcastle).
They have planned a road crew briefing before leaving at 10:30. Just after ten I check with the ride leader if there is anything in the briefing I need to know, as I will be heading off ahead of the ride to photograph them arriving in Seaham. Leaving ahead of a ride is quite common for me, especially as I know both stopping points well, and the best spot to photograph everyone.
After a detour due to a closed road I am ready and waiting at the Seaham statue at just after 11am when the first bikes pull into the street. A few curious people have stopped to check out my bike and chat, but as the chapter begins to fill the street, and the chosen parking area it soon becomes apparent that the turnout is very good indeed. More and more people stop to take in the sight as pretty much every bike and rider is wearing pink. Anything from armbands, to full tutu, pyjamas, ribbons, tinsel etc. – it’s quite a sight and brings a smile to everyone watching.
53 bikes arrive over the course of the next 5 minutes, and I get shots of pretty much all of them passing the memorial. More shots of the parked bikes and a few strange and pink sights before beginning the hardest part of the day for me. Herding approximately 90 people into some form of order in front of the statue for a group photograph with the chapter flag. These days everyone wants photos and I usually end up with a collection of mobiles to use as well.
15 minutes later we head off again leaving behind many smiles, and lots of phone camera footage with those watching. We also leave behind a small flock of scooters that seem to have latched onto the tail end of our group as they rode in. This time I am riding towards the back of the group as we head into Durham for just over an hour to collect for CHUF. The ladies are at the front – after all it is their day!
Our road crew takes us via a twisty and back road route down to the river below the theatre in Durham where a large coach car park is soon taken over by a group of pink bikes and bikers. More photos as everyone scatters for lunch and collections. I follow Ruth and a few of the others up to the main market square where I see one lady member being interviewed by a local camera crew, while the rest of us try and convert smiles and public curiosity into funds for our elected charity.
Just under 90 minutes later we are waiting for the last stragglers before our road crew lead the group off via more country villages on a circuitous route back to the Gateshead dealership. I stay behind this time to photograph everyone leaving and help assist car drivers while everyone organizes, and eventually leaves. No group ride for me this time as I head alone back to the shop on the motorway to catch them all arriving an hour or so later.
Everyone has had a great time, and on top of this we have raised approx. £350 for an excellent cause. Back home to review, edit and update in the region of 400 photos before whittling them down to just over 60 that I put up that night on the chapter Facebook and web pages.
Chris Neal, Geordie Chapter photographer
We have raised approximately £350 for an excellent cause, the Children’s Heart Unit Fund, at the Freeman Hospital.
We had a great superhero day on Saturday, raising money for CHUF. Here’s a list of the winning raffle tickets!
1st prize: Green AD823280 701-705: Margaret McAdam
2nd prize: White AD906198 611-615: Barry Wilkinson
3rd prize: Yellow AB626573 806-810: Fiona Kenny
4th prize: Pink AC897783 706-710: Joanne Welsh
5th prize: White with yellow border AD433084 336-340: Diane Kent
6th prize: Yellow AD816465 821-825: Andy McCallum
7th prize: Green AD823280 6-10: Dave Tully
8th prize: Yellow AB626573 36-40: Tony
9th prize: White with yellow border AD433084 371-375: Chris Peart
10th prize: White AD906198 926-930: Dee
11th prize: Pink AC897783 386-390: Michael Stafford
12th prize: Yellow AB626573 606-610: Phil
13th prize: Green AD823280 676-680: Dave Sewell
14th prize: White with yellow border AD433084 381-385: Chris Peart
15th prize: White AD906198 371-375: Ian Usher
16th prize: Green AD823280 376-380: Louise Whitehouse
All of the raffle prize winners have been identified and have been contacted and we are in the process of distributing them. Huge thanks to everyone for their support on the day.
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We had a dazzling collection of superheroes, including Thor, Batman, Robin, Batgirl, The Incredibles, Captain America, Superman, Captain Flash and Deadpool, all sharing a fantastic day of Geordie Chapter fun while we collected money for the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne. Jennings Harley-Davidson Gateshead provided the stage for our family fun day and we had a superb collection of fancy dress and polished chrome ready for our early ride-out to the hospital.
Unfortunately, the weather prevailed once again and we set off in a slight drizzle, on the A1 towards the city centre. Capes flapped in the wind as we travelled the main arterial route of the city and passers-by could only marvel at the superhero spectacle before them. Our route wasn’t particularly arduous but the rain came down more heavily as we weaved through the city and landed at the hospital. CHUF kindly arranged for some of the children to come out and sit on our bikes and thankfully the weather cheered up so they could enjoy their time with us. We parked the bikes right up on the grass too, so that those who were too ill to come outside could see us through the glass.
Steve and Noeline presented one young lad with a smashing leather jacket, all decked out in Geordie Chapter patches, and he had his picture taken on their bike too. The young lad has been waiting for a heart transplant since January but he is very upbeat and brought a smile to all our faces. Someone asked where he would go if he could ride the bike anywhere – his immediate reply was simply, ‘home’.
We stayed at the hospital for about forty minutes then after some tearful goodbyes, we set off again for the main shopping street in the city, so we could rattle our buckets looking for further donations.
Landing back at the garage some time later our collecting continued with a tombola and raffle. Everyone has been incredibly generous again and, on the day, we collected more than £2,500 for CHUF. A special mention for Gary, our Treasurer, and his wife Alyson for their fantastic efforts in arranging it all for us.
Everyone was incredibly generous and, on the day, we collected more than £2,500 for the Children’s Heart Unit Fund at the Freeman Hospital. A special mention for Gary, our Treasurer, and his wife Alyson for their fantastic efforts in arranging it all for us.