Bikers rev up for week-long fundraising ride in aid of the Poppy Appeal

Riders set off on week long ride in aid of the Royal British Legion.
Riders set off on week long ride in aid of the Royal British Legion.

Bikers set off on a week-long ride from Bedford in aid of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

Motorbike fans Nobby Clark, Andy Cowley and Neil Taylor are travelling from John O’Groats to Lands’ End.

Gunnery's Bakery provided food at the send off.

Gunnery's Bakery provided food at the send off.

They were sent on their way from The Embankment by Mayor of Bedford Borough Dave Hodgson on Saturday.

As part of the send off David Gunns from Bedford’s Gunnery’s Bakery supplied Bedford Clangers, sausage rolls and doughnuts to all those that attended.

The biking team, who have named themselves the Bedford Clangers and are covering around 400 miles a day in the legion’s Compass Ride, were escorted by police from Bedford to the A1 at 9am.

Leading the way is Nobby who had to leave the Army due to injury and plans to raise £2,200 - £1 for every mile.

Getting stuck in to a bedford Clanger.

Getting stuck in to a bedford Clanger.

He has so far secured £618 of his target.

To donate visit his Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/Nobby-Clark-RBLR-Compass-JogLe
Bedfordshire’s community fundraiser for the legion Michael Lewis said: “It is events like these outside of the Poppy Appeal that really help our wounded, injured, sick members of our Armed Forces and their families to live on.”

At the end of their challenge the bikers will be escorted back into the town by police on Friday, July 31, finishing their journey at the war memorial.

Setting off on their week long fundraising ride.

Setting off on their week long fundraising ride.

Bedford Borough Mayor Dave Hodgson saw the bikers off.

Bedford Borough Mayor Dave Hodgson saw the bikers off.