World Naked Bike Ride coming to North East - fancy taking part?

World Naked Bike Ride
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Hundreds of cyclists are set to ditch their clothes and ride out with pride as an international naked event comes to the North East.

Dates for the World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) 2017 events in the UK have been released by organisers, with an event confirmed for "Newcastle Gateshead" on July 1 - though exact details are yet to be released.

The event was formed a decade ago as a peaceful protest with the mission "to deliver a vision of a cleaner, safer, body-positive world”.

While event organisers aim to 'highlight the vulnerability of cyclists as well as the unique dangers they face, and promote healthy body image”, there are some that feel it’s a step too far.

Organisers have details about the legality of public nudity on their website for those concerned. More details of how to take part are also online.

Events are taking place in more 50 countries. These are the UK dates for 2017 schedule:

Brighton & Hove: Sun 11 Jun 2017

Bristol: 4 Jun 2017

Cambridge: TBC

Canterbury: 27 May 2017

Cardiff (Caerdydd): 5 Jun 2016

Chelmsford: 24 Jun 2017

Clacton: 15 Jul 2017

Colchester: 8 Jul 2017

Edinburgh: 18 Jun 2016

Exeter: 9 Jul 2016

Folkestone, Kent: 1 Jul 2017

London: 10 Jun 2017

Manchester: Fri 9 Jun 2017

Newcastle Gateshead: 1 Jul 2017

Portsmouth: 9 Jul 2017

Southampton: 3 Jun 2016

Worthing: 2 Jul 2017

York: 25 Jun 2017