Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Santa bikers rev up for charity toy drive

Ancestors MCC annual Christmas toy run to raise money and gather toys for the children's ward at the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald. The bikes leave Custom House Square in Belfast before heading to Dundonald
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 11th December 2011 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Ancestors MCC annual Christmas toy run to raise money and gather toys for the childrenÕs ward at the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald. The bikes leave Custom House Square in Belfast before heading to Dundonald
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 11th December 2011 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Ancestors MCC annual Christmas toy run to raise money and gather toys for the childrenÕs ward at the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald. The Lord Mayor Niall î Donnghaile and model Laura Lacole at Custom House Square in Belfast before heading to Dundonald

Generous bikers brought the Santa Claus spirit to Belfast yesterday at the annual Ancestors Motorcycle Club Toy Run.

The two and three-wheeled fanatics gathered at Custom House Square before heading off to the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald to donate cash presents to the sick children there.

Many dressed up as St Nick and even some Star Wars stormtroopers turned up to add a bit of fantasy and phantom menace to the occasion.

Shoppers were stopped in their tracks as the machines roared through the city centre and parked up for welcome hot drinks and a chance to catch up with old friends.

Belfast Lord Mayor Niall O Donnghaile was on hand to welcome the horde of motorcyclists who have spent the weeks gathering presents to bring some festive cheer to poorly children.

However the first citizen had to take a back seat as model Laura Lacole took the controls of a specially modified trike which has been adapted to carry a couple’s four dogs.

One of the motorcycle mutts was unimpressed by his new companion and with biker jacket and goggles firmly affixed, lay snoozing in his pod, oblivious to all the attention.

The bikers have been running the toy run for several years and despite the usual foul weather conditions, more and more are joining the annual event.

The Lord Mayor thanked the riders for their efforts before waving them off on their final leg to the Ulster Hospital.

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