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Sunday 24th June marked our 4th annual Armed Forces Day

Unfortunately this year the weather was not a repeat of last years (hottest day of the year), we were greeted with sunshine (honest….it did show a few times) showers, torrential rain, thunder and lightening but nothing stops the BadLanders from putting on a good show!!

Huge thanks to everyone who attended and despite the weather we still managed to raise a magnificent £5000!!
£4000 of which will be donated to Support Our Soldiers charity and £1000 to the Personnel Recovery and Assessment Centre at Catterick (PRAC)
Our special thanks go to:

The Lord Lieutenant of Tyne & Wear Nigel Sherlock
Mayor of South Tyneside Cllr Eileen Leaske
Reverend Paul Kennedy
Thanks also to Hell’s Angels MC Tyne & Wear and Selgovae MC for their ongoing support. A big thank you to the North East Coalition of Motor Cycle Clubs for their support in everything we do
A special mention also to the MOD for their contribution of £1700 which enabled us to buy additional tents for the event, JR Adams Transport (Newcastle), Lord Hire Centres South Shields and Burnt Tree Vehicle Hire.
As usual the day kicked off with the ‘ride in’ from Hell’s Angels HQ in Sunderland along the seafront into the park with around 200 bikes, scooters & trikes.
Next came the highlight of the day…….the troops marching in!

Once inside the park there was plenty to see and do including kiddies fun fair, tombola, ‘balloon man’ climbing tower and live music.

There was also WW11 re-enactment club Yesterdays Heroes, North East Street Rods and loads more.

Once again it was a truly memorable day, a fantastic fund raising event so thanks to everyone who contributed to making it a huge success.
More photos can be found by clicking the link to Photo Gallery - Armed Forces Day 2012 at the left hand side.

Press coverage
The text below is from the Shields Gazette
Published on Monday 25 June 2012 13:21

TORRENTIAL rain and thunderstorms failed to stop people from turning out to show their support to the armed forces.  Visitors descended in their hundreds along the seafront to see the troops march along Sea Road, South Shields, led by a cavalcade of bikers.

The parade kick-started a day of celebration at the Bents Park, South Shields, organised by the Bad-Landers Motorcycle Club, to mark Armed Forces Day.

The event featured a range of activities including a military firing range, a custom bike and scooter show and children’s funfair and even though a series of thunder showers sent people running for cover, it failed to dampen the spirits.

Joe Fairrie, chairman of the Bad-Landers Motor Cycle Club, said: “It’s fantastic to see the local people turn out to support us on a such a dull, wet day. Because without their support, this event wouldn’t be able to go ahead. It shows just how passionate they are. It’s difficult to put into words how proud I feel.”

The event, which was also raising money for Support our Soldiers and other armed forces charities, was attended by the Mayor of South Tyneside Coun Eileen Leask, the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear Nigel Sherlock and other civic dignitaries.

Members of the 205 Battery Royal Artillery, the Royal British Legion and the Durham Light Infantry, Durham Army Cadets and Air Training Corp were also there. The event was supported by South Tyneside Council.

Colonel Tony Laker of the Army Cadets and Vice-Chairman of the Bad-Landers Motorcycle Club said: “Even though the weather’s been awful, the event has been really successful.  “I feel very proud to be part of this event and it was great to see people out on the street cheering the troops on as they passed.”

Coun Leask said: “It was a great privilege to inspect the troops and I was very proud to represent the borough as we honoured our armed forces community.  “It is important to recognise the contribution they make, and I hope this can be an important part of our annual events calendar for years to come.”
Other publicity following the event

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