HUNDREDS of bikers revved up their engines for the 11th edition of the Erskine Motorbike Meet, raising more than £8,000 for veterans along the way.

A spectacular selection of two and three-wheeled dream machines took part in the annual parade, with scores of military personnel going along to show their support.

And money raised on the day will help the Erskine charity continue to provide outstanding care for veterans and their spouses at several care homes throughout Scotland.

Erskine supporter Heather Clissett, who organises the event, said: “The Erskine Motorbike Meet has grown larger than we could have ever hoped in its 11 years.

“We hope all who visited this year know how much their loyalty to and respect for Erskine’s veterans means.

“We are so grateful and appreciative to them for never failing to turn out and we hope they realise how much it all means to Erskine and the respect we have for all our two and three-wheeled visitors.”

The motorbike parade began at Park Mains High School and made its way along the seven-mile route to the Erskine Home, where there were lots of attractions and entertainment on offer.

These included fairground rides, a display by the Irvine Marine Cadets and Sea Cadets, delicious street food, a photobooth and buskers from the Glasgow Science Centre.

There was also military support from the 7 Scots battalion, who performed a deactivated weapons display, and members of the Royal Artillery, who put on a light gun display.

Another attraction was the Kennedy Cupcakes, who are a 1940/50s-inspired dance troupe.

They performed show-stopping routines to hits of the Golden Era of music.

This year’s Motorbike Meet also boasted a number of firsts, including a boccia bowls match between the bikers and the veterans, with the latter securing an impressive victory.

Generous bikers brought along bottles of whisky for the veterans and also handed over a cash donation.

Music was provided by the Balaklava Pipes and Drums and The Band of the Argyll and Sutherland Regimental Association.

Veterans were also given the opportunity to ride in a luxurious wedding car as part of the bike parade.

A spokesperson for Erskine said: “The charity cares for over 1,000 residents each year.

“Our homes provide veterans with the companionship of like-minded people. Erskine not only cares for our veterans – we care about them.

“Our service personnel display the highest levels of bravery and courage throughout the world and it is only right that Erskine is there for them should they need support in the future.”

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