Bikers in charity toy ride for sick children

Ancestors MCC annual Christmas toy run to raise money and gather toys for the children's ward at the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald. Biker Martin Willocks from Portadown with Star Wars Stormtroopers at Custom House Square in Belfast before heading to Dundonald
Ancestors MCC annual Christmas toy run to raise money and gather toys for the children's ward at the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald. Biker Martin Willocks from Portadown with Star Wars Stormtroopers at Custom House Square in Belfast before heading to Dundonald

ALMOST 300 bikers, some dressed as Santa Claus, converged at Belfast Custom House Square yesterday on their way to deliver Christmas presents to the children’s ward at the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald.

The colourful crew attracted lots of attention from surprised visitors to the Square.

Organised by the Ancestors MCC, the bikers travelled from Ballygowan stopping off at Sprucefield and armed with a van load of Christmas presents for the children.

The cavalcade passed by City Hall around 2pm yesterday to the delight of shoppers at the Christmas Market.

On arriving at Custom House Square they were greeted by Belfast Lord Mayor Niall O Donnghaile.

Adding a bit of glamour was local model Laura Lacole who joined the bikers to show her support.

And with huge Star Wars Emerald Guards (aka Storm Troopers) mingling with bikers in Santa Claus costumes, the whole event was certainly an out-of-this-world experience.

Indeed, the array of bikes was an incredible spectacle, from powerful Harley Davidsons to the stylish Vesta scooters.

Large trikes were also out in force and one biker even brought four dogs along. He had two boxer type dogs on either side of him and two smaller dogs behind him.

One bike was blasting out Christmas songs in keeping with the season.

The motorcycle club said 276 bikes took part yesterday and they raised “over £1,770, a stack of toys and over 30 gift vouchers”.

Ancestors MCC have been organising the event for the past 20 years.

Bikers from across the whole of Northern Ireland to take part in the charity toy run.