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Stephen, Gary and Rodney
Carrick Fergus war memorial
 
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 Carrick Fergus war memorial
 
Rodney and son Aaron
knockagh war memorial
 
Scooter enthusiasts from across the Province gathered in Belfast yesterday to raise funds for the Poppy Appeal and the Help for Heroes charity.
Over 100 bikes set off in cavalcade from the City Hall on a special run via Carrick to the Knockagh War Memorial.

Joined by representatives from the Royal British Legion, bikers from Belfast, Bangor, Portadown, Coleraine and other towns took part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Co Antrim landmark.

Event organiser Rodney Champion a member of The Armed Forces Scooter Club described the day as "excellent", despite several light showers.

The secretary of the Carrick-based A2 Aces scooter club said the brainwave for the idea came about due to his interest in the Armed Forces.

"My father was in the Royal Navy during the Second World War and with what's going on in Afghanistan I just thought I would run something," he said.

"When I put it to my club they agreed it was a good cause, and it just went from there.

"We tested the water with the other clubs and the response was amazing."

Mr Champion believes the scooter run had even more significance given that it was attended by both sides of the political divide.

"Both sides of the community are involved in the local scootering scene and in the end both sides came, which was great," he said.

Due to the success of the run, Mr Champion said he would have no hesitation in making the concept an annual event.

"We'll definitely be back again next year," he added.

The scooter initiative raised a total of 300 for the Poppy Appeal and 150 for Help for Heroes

 
       
         

NORTHERN IRELAND SCOOTERIST
POPPY APPEAL
&
HELP THE HEROES RUN 2009

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