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Bikers raise thousands for charity

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AT LEAST £8,500 has been raised for two local charities after around 170 bikers took to the road on Sunday afternoon for a well-attended parade through Lerwick.

The first Shetland Motorcyclists for Charity parade was the idea of family trio Robert, Lewie and Ashlea Tulloch in a bid to promote a positive image of the local motorcycling community, while at the same time raising funds for two valued local charities, Disability Shetland and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Speaking on a packed Victoria Pier, Ashlea said she was overwhelmed by the positive response from the local biking community.

The parade left the centre of Lerwick before heading out to the Brig o’ Fitch and the Black Gaet before returning to the pier.

Disability Shetland trustee George McGhee said the charity was very grateful for the continued local support it receives.

“When I turned up to see what was happening I couldn’t believe that so many people had given up their time to support Disability Shetland and Macmillan Nurse.

“Without this support locally we just could not continue to survive. Every time there is an event, we are always overwhelmed with the support that people give us. It is fantastic!”

The parade was sponsored by local companies Lerwick dental practice, Thulecraft, DITT and Shetland Motorbike Training.