I was lucky enough to see a Viking, walking on stilts while playing the Northumbrian pipes alongside a band of drummers and Viking horn blower!
They are The Biking Vikings North East, and as a group they raise funds for Brain Tumour Research.
This is done in memory of Adam Forster, a local farmer who sadly died from a glioblastoma (GBM) at the age of 42, just 11 months after his diagnosis.
Terry, Adam’s father – and the stilt wearing Viking – is determined to raise £50,000 for the charity in memory of his son; and he his family and friends are getting closer to this goal, as the amount raised so far is over £36.000
The Biking Vikings are real entertainers and encourage people of any age to join in the drumming with them. If you wish to participate you will be presented with a medal and certificate and your drumming will certainly make the Vikings day! Their motor bike has a Viking long boat attached and you will be actively encouraged sit in it for a unique photo opportunity. They will even provide you with the props!
Liz, one of the Vikings wrote the following of her friend and colleague:
‘In September Paul Wales, one of the Vikings, is doing a fabulous multi event challenge with his NHS colleague Consultant Psychiatrist Moh Elhamshary. They are both setting off from Newcastle and cycling to London. Moh then gets a train back to Newcastle to complete The Great North Run whilst Rob continues to cycle on to Nice in the South of France. Any funds that they raise will be split equally between Brain Tumour Research and the NHS Shine fund. The Biking Vikings will be at the start to play them off!’
So remember to put the following dates in your diary this summer, and catch the Biking Vikings at Northumberland County Show (May 27th), Slaley Show (12th August) and Land of Oak and Iron (19th August). Also, why not follow them on Facebook to find out about other events. I know I am.