Durham Easter Egg Run back with Avengence!
Some 1000-strong bikers joined the ride today to deliver Easter Eggs to children at Darlington Memorial hospital and then onto Durham University’s hospital. Organiser Tony Hudspith, a Durham Freemason and member of the event sponsors, Durham Chapter of The Widows Sons Motorcycle Association hailed this year’s Easter Egg Run as one of the highest ever turnout’s, after a two year break due to the pandemic.
Delightful ten-year-old James from Crook led the run in a special side-car and was even gifted a biker jacket by the Widows Sons. Starting at 10am from the Tesco supermarket in Dragonville, Durham, the first riders started to fill the car park just before 8,30am. By the start time, the car park was filled to its capacity with crowds starting to gather to witness the magnificent and noisy engine start up.
Fun is a very important element to the day and the selection and variety of some of the participant’s costumes added to the visual display of over 1000 bikes and bikers, even Captain America from the Avengers made an appearance! Any event like this takes a serious amount of planning and organisation. The event marshals, as well as the many others who help out and do the thankless tasks, making the event successful, deserve huge thanks. Intelect, who have been supporters of the run from the start, loaned a company van for transporting the eggs.
The event also raises money for the following charities, Durham Retired Police Dogs Benevolent Fund and the Northumbria Blood Bikes. The spectacle of over 1000 bikers, some in fancy dress, certainly stopped people in their tracks on a Sunday morning in rural County Durham, on the way to Darlington.
The applause and smiling faces were testament to a great fundraising day raising awareness for some fantastic local charities, dispelling a few myths and, indeed, reinforcing some new ones, that bikers certainly are good guys.
Together we are making a difference
TLC Teddy Initiative……
“thank you Freemasons for the thousands of teddies donated to children’s casualty departments”
Community Support Grants…..
“The grant from Durham Freemasons has made an enormous difference to our service users”
Provincial Annual Meeting….
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”….
“My husband would be so proud that you still contact me so many years after his death, thank you for remembering me”
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”
The Royal Arch…..
“I feel that I have a much better understanding of the whole Masonic story after joining the Royal Arch”
What have you gained?
“I’ve made wonderful friendships with people from all walks of life who I wouldn’t otherwise have even met”
In respect to the TLC Teddy initiative
“A child patient copes with medical treatment so much better when they’ve been given a TLC teddy”
What Freemasonry has done for you?
“The teachings of the masonic ceremonies helped me to be a better father, better husband, better son and better neighbour”What Freemasonry has done for you
One of the best things I have ever done…
“Along with getting married, the birth of my children and Sunderland winning the FA Cup, becoming a Freemason is one of the best things I’ve ever done”