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Vic Reeves joins Distinguished Gentleman's Ride from Laguna Motorcycles, in Hart Street, Maidstone, to Bearsted Green for Prostate Cancer Research

By Ed McConnell

If you saw Vic Reeves dressed in tweed riding a classic motorcycle through west Kent last weekend here's why.

The comedian was part of a group of dapperly dressed gentlemen travelling in convoy in a show of support for Prostate Cancer Research.

The event, known as the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride, started on Sunday morning at Laguna Motorcycles in Maidstone.

Vic Reeves and wife Nancy Sorrell
Vic Reeves and wife Nancy Sorrell
Harry Pearce, a manager at Maidstone Harley Davidson, after the ride on Sunday
Harry Pearce, a manager at Maidstone Harley Davidson, after the ride on Sunday

Dozens of bikers congregated at the Hart Street Triumph dealership for the event, which was held in 250 cities across the world.

The charity ride took place in 250 cities across the world
The charity ride took place in 250 cities across the world
The convoy travelled to show support for Prostate Cancer Research
The convoy travelled to show support for Prostate Cancer Research

Founder of the ride, Mark Hawwa, said: “I wanted to gather the global motorcycling scene for an event with some important criteria – dress like a gent, wear open-face helmets so we can smile at each other politely and ride a bike with appropriate character."

Riders at Bearsted Green after completing this year's Distinguished Gentleman's Ride
Riders at Bearsted Green after completing this year's Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

Paul Stroud, director of sales and marketing for Triumph, said: “The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is a fantastic idea, based on riding bikes with friends and enjoying the camaraderie that this entails. Raising money for such a worthwhile cause, on a global basis, only adds to the reasons why we were so keen to be involved.

“Maidstone’s ride was an excellent day – bringing together loads of riders from across the region who donned a dapper dress code to beat prostate cancer. Fun and free, the rideout was the perfect event for any rider and we want as many people as possible to jump on their bike and enjoy the day with us next year.”

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