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
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
"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
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
HELP THE HEROES RUN 2009