Motorcyclist’s took to Aberdeen’s streets to raise awareness of prostate cancer and men’s mental health.
More than 100 men took to Aberdeen’s roads in the annual Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride (DGR) – an event that takes place in more than 650 cities worldwide.
Motorcycle enthusiasts don their most dapper tweeds and ties and ride through their cities while raising cash for mental health programmes and prostate cancer research.
Craig Shirlaw, 33, from Shirlaws Suzuki, said it was the first time they had taken part, and that around 110 riders had registered for the event. He said: “It’s something that we know Triumph Motorcycles does and we thought it was a great way of raising money for a good cause.
“So far, we’ve raised £18,000 in Aberdeen and last year’s organisers raised about £8,000 – we’re over the moon with that.
“We started fundraising about a month ago.”
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The ride was inspired by a photo of US TV series Mad Men’s Don Draper riding a classic bike and wearing his finest suit.
Riders taking part are encouraged to make a donation to support the cause while also fundraising by getting their friends and family to contribute.
Craig added: “I think my favourite part about this is the show of strength from everybody.
“Everybody I’ve spoken to has been eager and has wanted to be part of it.”
He added that “full credit” has to go to Lenny Webster, one of the organisers, who had been working behind the scenes to recruit riders and raise cash.
Lenny set out with a goal of £300 on his personal DGR sponsor page and smashed his target by reaching £413.
Riders met at Shirlaws Suzuki’s shop on Crown Street before finishing at Stonehaven Harbour.
The 114-strong Aberdeen team managed to raise £18,317 in time for yesterday’s ride.