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Ken Burton from Middlesbrough dressed as an Easter Chick'Durham Motorcycle Police "Easter Egg Run" starting from the Park and Ride car park at Carrville.
Ken Burton from Middlesbrough dressed as an Easter Chick'Durham Motorcycle Police "Easter Egg Run" starting from the Park and Ride car park at Carrville.
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CARING motorbikers dished out Easter eggs to young patients.

Hundreds of riders took part in the annual Easter Egg Run, organised by Durham Constabulary’s motorcycle section.

Xena James, originally from Sunderland now living in Spennymoor on her Honda Goldwing trike.'Durham Motorcycle Police "Easter Egg Run" starting from the Park and Ride car park at Carrville.

Xena James, originally from Sunderland now living in Spennymoor on her Honda Goldwing trike.'Durham Motorcycle Police "Easter Egg Run" starting from the Park and Ride car park at Carrville.

Bikers donned bunny ears and chick outfits to take part in the annual rally, which has taken place every year since 2005.

They dished out chocolate eggs and toys to the children’s wards at University Hospital North Durham, in Durham City.

Contributions were also collected for the Meningitis Research Foundation, with £900 raised last year.

The event ended with a get-together at police headquarters, Aykley Heads, where the force’s motorcycle team provided refreshments, handy guidance and advice on bike-related issues.

Sergeant Iain Rodger, who heads up the section, said: “The Easter Egg Run is now a well-established event on the local biking calendar.

“It gives people the opportunity at the beginning of the riding season to take part in an event which actively promotes safe and responsible motorcycling, as well as raising its positive profile.”

He added: “It was fantastic on the ride to see lots of people waiting patiently at the side of the road to cheer and wave us all on.”

A date has also been set for the force’s annual BikeWise show, which is to take place at Aykley Heads on Sunday, July 28.