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Bikers on board for Christmas tradition


“Frock up” in your best costume next month and join in the festivities at the annual Bikers for Kids Newcastle Toy Run.

Wickham Park will come alive with Christmas cheer on Sunday 1 December as a family fun day looks set to create a hive of entertainment.

The park is the finish line for the charity motorbike ride, which starts at the Ballast Grounds in Stockton.

After 42 years, it is a tradition the bikers and community love.

“It’s just a wonderful day,” Event Co-Manager Stephen Meek says.

“It is a very special event.

“There is just no way to describe the feeling you get when you participate in it, [sometimes you’re] riding with tears streaming down your face.”

Each year, the event averages around 8,000 riders and crowds manage to fill the streets and park.

Mr Meek says it is “a massive spectacle because of how many bikes there are”.

Inspired by the incredible costumes at last year’s toy run, 2019 will be themed Costumes for Kids.

The participating riders will dress themselves and their bikes in costumes to bring smiles to the community.

“It’s all about putting smiles on kids’ faces,” Mr Meek adds.

He hints that this year may attract reindeers, superheroes and even Santa on their bikes. 

“I have a reputation; I do like to frock up,” he says.

At the heart of the event is the toy donations that are collected for the Salvation Army.

“The Bikers for Kids Toy Run helps us meet the need at Christmas and, together, we can ensure little ones wake to treasures under the tree and food on the table,” Salvation Army Newcastle Corps Officer, Major Christine Martin, says.

The day will include children’s activities, food trucks, live music, competitions, prizes, motorcycle displays and more.

Bikers for Kids organisers invite anyone from the community to participate.

The family fun day will run from 10am to 1.30pm.  

Mr Meek adds that “coffee will be on for anyone frightened to be up that early on a Saturday”.

Motorbike riders will assemble in Stockton at the Ballast Grounds from 8am.

Visit event to register as a rider or for more information about the event.

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