Bikers take to streets to raise cash for pets
ANIMAL lovers are being urged to line the streets as bikers tour the city in the Great Potteries Pet Food Cavalcade.
Tomorrow's 23rd annual pet food run will see hundreds of sponsored bikers lap the city to collect pet food donations from residents for the city's animal charities.
Bikers are asked to arrive by 11.30am for the event, which will leave Port Vale Football Club's car park at midday.
Residents are being urged to line the route to show their support and make donations – with a special request for more cat food to be placed in bikers' collection buckets.
The cavalcade will travel through Smallthorne, Baddeley Green, Milton, Bucknall, Bentilee, Longton, Stoke, Newcastle, and Wolstanton before heading back to Burslem.
Organiser Sid Rodgers, aged 72, of Trentham, said: "The people standing at the side of the route and handing out pet food is very important.
"The bikers also really enjoy helping out the animal charities.
"Every year we get a good turnout and we're hoping this year will be the same.
"At the moment the weather looks like it will be dry and bright which will help us as we've had bad weather over the last couple of years.
"One thing we are appealing for is a bit more cat food because everybody tends to give dog food and the cats get forgotten."
Main roads covered by the cavalcade route, which is unchanged this year, include the Smallthorne roundabouts; Hanley Road; Leek New Road; Bucknall Road; Beverley Drive; Hartshill Road; High Street in May Bank; High Street in Wolstanton and Newcastle Street.