A CHRISTMAS motorbike parade raised £4,435 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The annual parade was bigger than ever last year, featuring nearly 200 motorcyclists riding through town in fancy dress.

The event which started during lockdown to put smiles on children’s faces is organised by biking enthusiasts Andrew and June Self.

Andrew said: “It all went off well. We had lots of responses throughout the year and it was a bit of a shock how many showed up.”

The most dedicated biker was probably 72-year-old Joyce Hotchkiss, who rode through Royston on the back of her son-in-law Robert Hewlett’s bike.

Beyond the ride, she also raised £442 from friends and fellow church-goers to support the charity.

“I love doing daft things,” she added. “My son-in-law’s done it for the past few years so I said I’d give it a go with him and it just escalated from there.

“I ended up getting a reindeer outfit and he got a Grinch one for the ride.

“It’s just amazing – it was great to see all the little one’s faces at the side of the road.

“Robert is hoping to get a bigger bike this year, so I’m going to do the full thing with him next time.”