Caliburnus Motorcycle Club Raises Awareness at South Shields Armed Forces Day
Armed Forces Day is celebrated across the UK to show support for serving troops, veterans and cadets. Last Sunday, South Shields welcomed back their Armed Forces Day Festival for the first time since the pandemic – bigger and better than ever!
The day began at 9.45am with a cavalcade of over 500 motorbikes along the seafront. A military parade, accompanied by Houghton-le-Spring Pipe Band, then marched into Bents Park for an open-air service including an inspection of the Troops and a 2-minute silence. The parade was followed by a Family Fun Day of live music, fairground rides, a motorbike exhibition as well as charity stalls, including a Useful Vision stand hosted by Caliburnus MCC.
Caliburnus MCC are a local family-oriented motorcycle club providing ongoing fundraising to Useful Vision. Caliburnus have a special connection with the charity as one of their children is visually impaired. At the Armed Forces Day, Caliburnus engaged with the local community to signpost Useful Vision to potential families, fundraisers, and volunteers.
Neil Fitchew of Caliburnus MCC said: ‘We had a fantastic day and raised a lot of awareness. We are proud to support such a great cause.’
Caliburnus have already supported us by donating prizes to our tombola, which raised an incredible £344, and attended our Family Fun Day in June to showcase their incredible collection of motorbikes. We’re so grateful for their fundraising efforts and we look forward to our continued partnership!