Annual toy run adds festive cheer
By CHRIS LYNCHchrisl@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE roared to the sound of 150 motorbikes on Saturday at the annual Ulysses Club toy run.
The group's secretary and treasurer Alan Colgrave said the procession rode two-abreast through Gladstone on their way to Yaralla Sports club to donate toys and food to the Salvation Army's Christmas appeal.
"It was quite a spectacular procession,'' Mr Colgrave said. Mr Colgrave said after leaving from Lions Park at 11am the massive line of bikes turned heads throughout much of Gladstone aptly led by Santa Claus along with Gladstone mayor Peter Corones and his wife Kathy.
"The police led us and said we were very responsible, although it was quite a throbbing noise up Goondoon Street,'' Mr Colgrave said.
"There was everything from Harleys to 250s in every shape col- our and model you could think of. "People got dressed up and the bikes were decorated, so visually it was quite an appealing event.''
Mr Colgrave said the riders ended their trek at Yaralla Sports club where they donated a pletho- ra of Christmas cheer to be spread among the less fortunate.
"We were happy with the turn- out and it was a wonderful way to integrate the community and the police force for a worthy cause,'' Mr Colgrave said.