IT WAS the perfect day for a ride in the countryside – with 600 motorbikes and scooters.
Kev Chuck and his pals joined together for a huge motorcycle rally in support of armed forces charity Help for Heroes.
The 58-year-old welder, from Alma Street, Gosport, hit upon the idea of indulging in his favourite pastime to raise lots of cash for the national charity while he was off work suffering from a severe kidney problem.
Mr Chuck said: ‘I was off work for a long time which meant I got to watch a lot of television.
‘There was so much on about the war in Afghanistan and what our forces are going through and it would make me angry to see them coming home injured.
‘So my partner Bea said to me “stop moaning and do something about it”.
‘That’s exactly what I did.
‘Last year was the first ride-out and it was a huge success and we followed it up again with around 600 people all the way from Gosport to Popham airfield. It was brilliant.’
Fifty bikers met up at Bayside Cafe, Stokes Bay, early yesterday morning and were joined by Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage on a trike, all the way to Alton.
Along the way they picked up hundreds of riders and had a police escort from Alton to Basingstoke.
Mr Chuck’s partner, Bea Serbie, joined him as a pillion passenger on the 50-mile trip on his Yamaha XJR.
She said: ‘It was absolutely brilliant. We always get so much support from the people of Gosport.
‘Everyone said to us how well organised it was.
‘We’ve done lots of fundraising but we haven’t had chance to count it all yet.’