Sorrow after egg run is axed

Motorcyclist Tony Hudspith.
Motorcyclist Tony Hudspith.

A CHARITABLE biker says he is saddened after police cancelled an annual event to deliver Easter eggs to sick children.

Tony Hudspith has previously saddled up to join hundreds of bikers from across the region to take chocolate treats to youngsters in hospital in the annual Easter Egg Run.

But the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit says it can no longer arrange the massive convoy after a decision was made to cut five of their officers.

Tony, 40, of Seaton Carew, says the run should still go ahead in some form so the sick youngsters do not miss out.

He said: “A lot of people are saddened by the news. Hundreds of bikers used to meet and we all donated Easter eggs or money to children in Durham and Darlington hospitals.

“I think it is such a shame the unit is not going to be there to police it.

“It is a shame for the children to miss out over Easter because of cutbacks.”

Sergeant Iain Rodgers, of the bike unit, said the decision to reduce their numbers was made after a comprehensive review of its work last year.

He said there was now a need to refocus their priorities in the face of “significantly fewer resources” and a host of demands on the horizon.

But Tony, who runs an alarm businessman, said: “I think the event should still go ahead but in a legal manner where we don’t have to have traffic stopped.”