2nd September 2018

Every year, Northumbria Advanced Motorcyclists holds a special rideout to raise money for charity. For the third year running, the ride will be held in memory of Jack Lormor, one of our founder members and former President.  At the request of his widow, Jo, all donations collected will go to the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

This ride is open to all members and their guests.

NAM Group Photograph, Seaton Deleval Hall

The Great North Air Ambulance Service

The GNAAS operates 3 helicopters which respond to incidents where there are casualties with life-threatening injuries. Helicopters carry paramedics and a doctor as well as blood, plasma, ultrasound equipment and a defribulator.

Running Costs

  • Wiper blades £180 each.
  • Jet fuel £600-800 per 3/4 tank.
  • Replacement windscreen £1500 per pane.
  • Tyres £2500 each.
  • Rotor blades £30,000 each. (Four per helicopter and must be replaced after 20,000 flying hours.)
  • Tail rotor £3000 (Three per helicopter and must be replaced after 3000 flying hours.
  • Engine £350,000 each.

The GNAAS is entirely funded by donations. The service receives no funding from the National Health Service.

Did You Know?

There are members of Northumbria Advanced Motorcyclists who have been air-lifted to hospital by the GNAAS.

How to Donate

Donations will be collected at Seaton Deleval Hall before the start of the ride.

Total raised so far £933.

Jack Lormor

Jack Lormor

Jack Lormor was a leading ambassador for the IAM in the North East for more than a quarter of a century. He passed his advanced motorcycle test in 1983.

Jack was involved with cars, motorcycles and mechanical engineering all of his life. He trained as a mining surveyor and mining engineer and worked underground at the coal face for five years. At the age of 29 he became a Colliery Under Manager at the Vane Tempest pit. As his career progressed he was promoted to senior regional and national positions. He became President of the Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers and Vice Chairman of the National Council.

After his retirement Jack worked in India, overseeing mechanisation and the introduction of modern mining safety systems.

Jack’s bought his first motorcycle, a Triumph Thunderbird, in 1955. He recalled having to travel to Teesside to purchases a crash helmet; he had been riding in a corduroy cap and goggles were going out of vogue!

The Triumph was followed by a Vincent Comet, Vincent Rapide then four BMWs before taking delivery of his Ducati Monster 1000cc S4R. An early BSA Bantam scrambler was awaiting restoration in the garage.

Jack originally joined the IAM car section in Durham where bikers were ‘observed’ by a following car driver. In those days, it was not possible to have a separate motorcycle section in the same region until at least 20 riders had taken the IAM advanced test. Jack was behind negotiations with the forward thinking Chief Constable of Durham who allowed a police motorcyclists to train IAM Associates during operational hours.

By 1996 the required number of motorcyclists passed their test and Durham Advanced Motorcyclists (DAM) was formed. Observers and Senior Observers continued to be trained by Police riders until there was a viable number for the IAM to take over responsibility. Jack Lormor was one of the first Senior Observers and went on to form a sub-group in Northumberland in 2002. The Newcastle IAM agreed to give up their small motorcycle section in favour of a larger, dedicated motorcycle group. Jack was very pleased when 128 new members ‘signed up’ at the inaugural meeting of the new IAM section in Northumberland in 2003. With a £500 grant from the Durham section Northumbria Advanced Motorcyclists was formed under Jack’s Chairmanship. Since then the group has prepared hundreds of motorcyclists. to pass their advanced road test.

In 2000, DAM was the regional winner of the JET Petroleum road safety award. It was typical of Jack that he donated half of the £2,000 prize to a local hospice and in the process gained much positive publicity for bikers and the IAM.

Jack celebrated 50 years of biking in 2004. The regional press took up the story of him wanting to get back into biking after undergoing a double by-pass operation.  As President, Jack continued to forge and strengthen links between the IAM and other regional charities, making grants from the IAM to the GNAAS.

Jack donated a 40 year old Trialmaster, waxed-cotton motorcycle suit to the museum being formed at the Barbour factory in South Tyneside. As Jack explained at the time, “the jacket still fits but the trousers will not meet up after the passage of time.”

Jack’s funeral was held at Blyth Crematorium. So many attended, that two rooms, including a recent extension, were filled to capacity. Many were left standing inside and outside the premises. It is measure of the man, that so many people, from so many aspects of Jack’s life, wanted to pay their respects.

Over thirty motorcycles escorted Jack on his last ride out from his home to Blyth. These included members of NAM and DAM and three bikes from Northumbria Blood Bikes, who normally do not escort funerals. The fact that they did so on this occasion demonstrates the respect held for Jack within the biking fraternity.

The Ride

Start - Seaton Deleval Hall

For this special event, the ride will start from Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland.

Enter via the main gate. Riders and pillions will gather in the main square, around the statue of David and Goliath, from 09:00. Tea and toilets will be available.

The ride will start at 10:00 prompt and will use the drop-off system. Riders will be split into groups as necessary, groups setting off at five-minute intervals.

Please ensure that you arrive with a full tank of petrol; it is 88 miles to our petrol stop at Jedburgh.

Route Overview

  • Seaton Deleval Hall, NE26 4QR
  • Longhirst
  • Ulgham
  • Felton
  • Newton-on-the-Moor
  • Alnwick Castle, NE66 1NQ - tea and coffee stop (1 hour)
  • Rothbury
  • Otterburn
  • Carter Bar
  • Jedburgh, TD8 6EB - lunch and petrol stop (1 hour)
  • Morpeth, Heighley Gate Garden Centre, NE613DA

If fuel is required before Jedburgh, there is a Co-Op filling station on the way into Alnwick. Postcode: NE662HA.

Full Route Description

Parking at Alwick Castle

We will stop for tea/coffee stop will be at Alnwick Castle. Parking will be in the staff car park at the rear of the castle. This is accessed via Greenwell Road, a right-turn just before the stone arch.

On leaving the Castle, there is no right-turn exiting Greenwell Road. It will be necessary to to turn left, make a u-turn at the roundabout and come back to continue through the stone arch.

Guest Riders

Members may invite guest riders to join the rideout. Please ensure that any guests are familiar with the drop-off system.

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