Phil’s Ride supporters get ready to set off in the rain from Southery. Picture: Kevin Elfleet

The rain failed to dampen the spirits of the riders who got on two wheels to support the annual Phil’s Ride.

Around 60 motorcyclists and an estimated 80 bike riders braved last Sunday’s soggy weather to show their support for  the family of the late Phil Beeton, of Southery, and the work of the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

This was the third year of Phil’s Ride which has so far raised more than £14,000 for the life-saving emergency service.

The ride was held in memory of Mr Beeton, who died following a two-vehicle crash in 2015. The swift action of ambulance crews helped to save the life of his teenage nephew who was travelling in the same vehicle and had to be airlifted to hospital.

This year’s ride has raised at least £5,000 towards the total and organiser David Fletcher said he was very pleased with the turnout, given the wet conditions.

Motorcyclists completed a 100-mile return route from the village’s Old White Bell pub to Blakeney while cyclists took on  a 20-mile local route and there was a mini ride for families at Southery.

Mr Fletcher said the success of the day was testament to Mr Beeton, who was known by many people in the village and someone he got to know as an acquaintance at the pub.