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Motorcyclists setting off from Victoria Pier on Sunday afternoon. Photos: Terri Mackay

MORE THAN £9,000 has been raised for three local charities during the second Shetland Motorcyclists For Charity parade on Sunday afternoon.

Around 200 motorcyclists gathered at Victoria Pier ahead of the 10-mile loop around Lerwick.

A large audience of spectators turned up despite the windy weather, with dozens more waving, cheering and taking photos from various locations along the route.

Live music from a number of local bands such as SNIKUDUCAN, Delorean, Sidewinder and The Overlys at nearby Harrison Square added to the atmosphere.

The event attracted a huge variety of bikes and trikes; a 1938 Rudge Ulster, a Triumph Bonneville t120v, a 2018 Indian Scout and a 2018 MV Agusta f4, to name but a few.

Around 200 bikes were completing the 10-mile loop around Lerwick.

One of the organisers, Ashlea Tulloch, said: “We are absolutely overwhelmed at the success of the event on Sunday. It was brilliant to see the variety of bikes in the parade, and the diversity of riders who took part.

“I’m still buzzing from the sound of nearly 200 bikes starting up at the same time, and it was a great feeling to look behind you and see miles of motorcycles on the road at once.

“We can’t thank everyone enough for taking part, and still can’t believe we’ve raised at least £9,000 so far.

“Sunday just highlighted how generous and enthusiastic everyone can be when there’s a good cause to get behind, and we’re so pleased to be able to promote the local motorcycling community in a positive way.”

Shetland Motorcyclists For Charity was founded two years ago by brothers Robert and Lewie Tulloch as well as Lewie’s daughter Ashlea to collect money for local charities, but also to raise the profile of motorcyclists in Shetland and promote the bike community in a positive light.

The final total will be split equally between Macmillan Cancer Support (Shetland Branch), Disability Shetland and the Shetland MRI Scanner Appeal. Any last minute donations can be handed into the DITT shop in Lerwick.