Walden Bikers mark third birthday with more donations to Essex Air Ambulance

PUBLISHED: 13:34 09 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:34 09 August 2017

Event organiser Mike Ratcliffe (front right)  with some of the Walden Bikers, who are proud to be raising funds for local charities during their meets. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Event organiser Mike Ratcliffe (front right) with some of the Walden Bikers, who are proud to be raising funds for local charities during their meets. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

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Walden Bikers were happy to give rather than receive at their third birthday celebration.

Teresa James from Essex Air Ambulance appreciates the support of the Walden Bikers at their third birthday meet. Picture: CELIA BARTLETTTeresa James from Essex Air Ambulance appreciates the support of the Walden Bikers at their third birthday meet. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

The threat of rain and the gloomy conditions meant that bike numbers were slightly less than the two hundred-plus machines anticipated but it didn’t stop hundreds of members of Walden Bikers descending on The Old Kiora in Newport for the group’s meet.

Walden Bikers' third birthday. Picture: CELIA BARTLETTWalden Bikers' third birthday. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Bike stories were exchanged, machines admired, and in the true spirit of any party, there was plenty of food available. As with every meet, the big hearted bikers dipped into their pockets to buy raffle tickets and teas, with the funds raised going to the Essex Air Ambulance. The weather may have been gloomy but it didn’t dampen their generosity, with £549.76 raised on the night, bringing the total to over £10,000 to date.

Harry Stokes, from Thaxted and who rides a 1976 Harley Ironhead,celebrating Walden Bikers' third birthday. Picture: CELIA BARTLETTHarry Stokes, from Thaxted and who rides a 1976 Harley Ironhead,celebrating Walden Bikers' third birthday. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Walden Bikers meet at The Old Kiora in Newport on the second Tuesday of every month.

Chris Howell from Saffron Walden at the Walden Bikers' third birthday, compares this Norton with a BSA 600 M21 which his father bought brand new in 1939. He was lost in the Second World War and Chris has kept the bike to this day. Picture: CELIA BARTLETTChris Howell from Saffron Walden at the Walden Bikers' third birthday, compares this Norton with a BSA 600 M21 which his father bought brand new in 1939. He was lost in the Second World War and Chris has kept the bike to this day. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Sam and Malcolm admire a vintage Vincent at the Walden Bikers' third birthday event. Picture: CELIA BARTLETTSam and Malcolm admire a vintage Vincent at the Walden Bikers' third birthday event. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

13 year-old Sam Norris on his competition 250cc Jawa grass track bike. He graduated to this size bike this season after starting riding at the age of five. Pictured at the Walden Bikers' third birthday. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT13 year-old Sam Norris on his competition 250cc Jawa grass track bike. He graduated to this size bike this season after starting riding at the age of five. Pictured at the Walden Bikers' third birthday. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Hundreds of bikers turned up to celebrate the Walden Bikers' third birthday. Picture; CELIA BARTLETTHundreds of bikers turned up to celebrate the Walden Bikers' third birthday. Picture; CELIA BARTLETT

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