Revved up to raise cash

From left, George Peak, owner of Beachlands in Hayling Island and Billy Edwards, owner of Southsea Island Leisure, who are hosting the sponsored motorbike ride and supporting the bikers to raise money for Help for Heroes
From left, George Peak, owner of Beachlands in Hayling Island and Billy Edwards, owner of Southsea Island Leisure, who are hosting the sponsored motorbike ride and supporting the bikers to raise money for Help for Heroes
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A SPONSORED motorcycle ride did not get off to the smoothest of starts in Portsmouth, after one of the riders fractured his pelvis.

The city was chosen as the starting point for a group of bikers who make an annual journey to Normandy to raise money for Help for Heroes.

They set off from the Britannia Fish Bar in The Hard on Thursday, but without rider Roy Rudd.

The former soldier, who served in Northern Island, had travelled from Newcastle to be part of the convoy, but lost control of his bike just as he was parking it in Portsmouth.

The bikers are all members of the British Amusement Catering Trades Association, and start from a different place in the UK each year.

This year they were hosted by Billy Edwards and Jim Norman, who own amusement arcades in Portsmouth.

Mr Edwards said: ‘They do a wonderful job.’