THESE plucky pensioners left traffic trailing in their red, white and blue wake as they took part in a charity mobility scooter ride.
The daring dozen scootered from Waterlooville or Portchester all the way to the Masonic Centre in Cosham and back again, to raise money for Queen Alexandra Hospital’s Rocky Appeal.
The members of the gang, ranging in age from their 60s to 92, dressed up as the seven dwarves for the 10-mile trip.
They met when Brian West, owner of All Mobility, which has shops in Waterlooville and Portchester, asked if they would like to take part in the ride last year.
They raised £1,800 and had such great fun they decided to meet up weekly and formed a group called the Rocky Rollers.
Sandra Brown, 68, of Milton Road, Waterlooville, said: ‘I admit that before I did the charity ride last year I was very lonely.
‘I lost my husband 10 years ago and found myself alone a lot of the time.
‘A lot of the people who took part were in a similar position to me.
‘So we decided that as we’d had so much fun on the ride we should meet up again, which we do. Every Tuesday afternoon we have a meal at Waterlooville Community Centre.
‘We’re fun people. We talk about everything and anything and we don’t stop laughing.
‘The people who work in the cafe at the community centre always know when we’re in because they can hear us laughing.
‘The Rocky Rollers are a brilliant group and we do what we can for charity as well.
‘We raised a few hundred pounds for the Rocky Appeal earlier this year with a sale.
‘That’s what it’s all about. We make a spectacle of ourselves but it’s good fun and it’s for charity.’
Mr West said: ‘We followed behind in a van and when it came to junctions we’d stop and hold the traffic to let them all get across.
‘We had people beeping their horns in support and it was good fun – everyone made it there and back in one piece. It’s an adventure for them.
‘Next year we’re looking to make it bigger, get some Scouts involved and finish the day with a barbecue.’
The group are looking for people of all ages and all abilities to join them.
They meet at 2pm and the hot meal from the community centre’s cafe costs £2.
If you are interested, pop into one of the meetings.