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Lady Dalton to join Big Ride Out

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THE Big Ride Out will have a special guest riding on two wheels this year – none other than Lady Dalton.

Sir Stephen Dalton with Lady Dalton

The ninth Big Ride Out will take place tomorrow, and this year the wife of Jersey’s Lieutenant-Governor, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, has accepted an invitation from the event organiser, Lee Butler, to ride as a pillion passenger on the back of a Harley-Davidson.

Mr Butler said: ‘I’ve always offered Government House a place on the bikes and this year Lady Dalton has taken us up on the offer.

‘A friend of mine, Ian Campbell, has a business called Limo Bikes – he is one of two registered Harley-Davidson taxi providers in the Island – so I know Lady Dalton will be in safe hands on the back of his Harley.’

A spokeswoman at Government House confirmed that all being well, Lady Dalton ‘will be riding pillion at the bike ride out’.

Mr Butler said he expected more than 1,000 riders to take part in this year’s event, which will begin at St Catherine’s Breakwater at 11am and take riders to the Watersplash in St Ouen via St Brelade’s Bay.

Last year, 1,000 bikers turned up at the breakwater and Mr Butler, who is vice president of the Green Man Motor Cycling Club, expects to see even more tomorrow.

‘We will see more than 1,000,’ said Mr Butler, who added that he hoped for ‘as many as 1,500 riders’ on the day.

Since its inception, the Big Ride Out has raised £50,000, which has helped fund 80 trips to Jersey for wounded veterans and members of the British Armed forces.

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The event is open to all riders, with the request of a minimum donation of £5 to Holidays for Heroes Jersey.

‘I’d like to see us raise £10,000 in a day again, just as we did last year,’ he added.

For more information about the event, visit bigrideout.co.uk.

David Edbrooke

By David Edbrooke
Journalist

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