Celebrity chef James
Martin once again agreed to lead over 200 gleaming Harley Davidson
motorcycles on the annual ‘Toy & Candy’ charity bike ride to Southampton
and Poole General Hospitals
New Forest HOG’s head road captain Phil Chadwick had been asked by event
organiser Tony Long - a local motorcycle news journalist and Harley
rider to round up the New Forest marshal posse to ensure everyone
arrived at the various target destinations as safely (and noisily) as
The day started with HOGsters arriving at the dealership in blazing
April Sunshine to deposit chocolate Eggs & presents in the huge DG20
Harley pick up truck in readiness for departure on masse at 11:00am.
First stop was the childrens ward at Southampton General having
thundered up through Millbrook and Shirley to avoid the traffic lights.
Most of the bikes parked on the top deck of the car park, while the
pickup and celebrity entourage parked outside the main entrance. James
Martin then went up to the wards to meet and greet the kids.
At 12:25 the ride headed West down the A31 to meet up with the Police
escort at Ashley Heath. This last leg was terrific with a single Police
Motor cyclist armed with TWENTY of ‘New Forest HOG’s’ finest marshalling
crew with the whole ride moving as one all the way to Poole hospital in
an uninterrupted flow.
Leading Police rider Mark Williams praised the NF HOG road operation
saying that he always had a Marshal available just when he needed one
and they positioned them selves in exactly the right places.
Mind you, Mark did a great job too …with a little help from his New
Forest HOG friends. James did the biz on the kids ward with some
assistance from Wingers Tigger, Poo and co....
and then we were done and it was off to Poole Quay for several chilled
glasses of Tizer
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