Over a thousand bikers took to the streets of Sheffield for their very own Easter parade today all to raise money for Sheffield Children's Hospital. And leading them was Doncaster's former world superbike champion James Toseland.
Over 1000 bikers had their very own Easter parade through the streets of Sheffield. They finished their ride at Sheffield Children's Hospital and hope to raise over £5,000 for it through donations.
Leading them through the city streets was former world super bike champion James Toseland who, with his wife singer Katie Melua, are hospital patrons. Both were on hand to deliver Easter eggs to children on the wards.
Former World Superbike Champion James Toseland is leading a parade of around 2000 motorcyclists through Sheffield to raise money for The Children's Hospital Charity.
– James Toseland
The Children’s Hospital is a very special place and the staff do incredible work, so it’s always an absolute pleasure to support this event each year.
The motorcyclists who come along are always so generous and supportive and I am always touched by the strength and courage of the patients and their families at the hospital - it’s a really humbling experience. “
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has recorded a video message for Easter Sunday.
Prime Minister David Cameron sent his best wishes to Christians celebrating Easter, saying it was an "exciting time for the faith" and paying tribute to the Christian principle of charity, as shown in the government's spending in overseas aid. He said:
"This year’s Holy Week and Easter celebrations follow an extraordinary few days for Christians.
“In the Bible, Saint Peter reminds us of the hope that comes from new birth through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As Christians, it also reminds us of Jesus’s legacy of generosity, tolerance, mercy, and forgiveness.
“That legacy lives on in so many Christian charities and churches both at home and abroad... As long as I am Prime Minister, they will have the support of this Government.
“With that in mind, I am particularly proud to lead a Government that has kept its promise to invest 0.7 per cent of our gross national income on helping the world’s poorest...I hope you have a very happy Easter.”
As millions of holidaymakers prepare for the long weekend, motorists are being urged to check on the latest weather and roads information before they set off in what’s predicted to be one of the coldest Easter weekends on record.
People are also being encouraged to drop in on elderly neighbours or call elderly relatives before they go away to make sure they have what they need to see them through the next few days of sub-zero temperatures.
Council websites are being updated with the latest local weather information, news on gritting routes, road conditions and closures, advice on driving in snow and ice and what to take on long car journeys.
Our region's busiest airport is expecting a rise in passengers over the Easter Holidays. It's thought 85 thousand people will travel from Leeds Bradford Airport, with the majority being last minute travellers aiming to avoid the recent cold weather.
Many are also taking advantage of the public holidays to fly to warmer locations.
People desperate to flee the arctic weather are snapping up the few remaining flights to warmer climates over the Easter weekend. Leeds Bradford airport, for example, has seen a massive increase in the number of travellers compared to last Easter. Here's Steve Lee from Jet2.
A bonfire, which will burn Christmas trees to mark Easter will be held at Harewood House in Leeds tonight (Monday.) The fire is a German tradition which says goodbye to winter and welcomes in the spring. For the rest of their Easter Monday attractions, click here.