DOZENS of bikers are revving up to deliver Easter treats to sick children in hospital despite police being forced to pull out.
Almost 100 motorcyclists have pledged to take part in this year’s Durham Easter Egg Run on a Facebook page set up to support the event.
The page was set up by supporters after the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, which organised the egg run for years, had to pull out after losing five officers.
But the region’s bikers, including Hartlepool businessman Tony Hudspith, have vowed to go it alone to make sure it goes ahead.
Tony, 40, of Seaton Carew, who runs Crusader Alarms in town, said: “If we can get over 100 that would be fantastic as the more people we get the more Easter eggs will go to the hospitals involved.
“It sends out a strong message that the event is still well supported.
“Hopefully numbers will swell even more.”
The joint Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit used to provide the convoy of bikes with an escort and stopping traffic along the route.
But Tony added: “It is going to be perfectly legal, it just means we have to stop at roundabouts and junctions.”