MOTORCYCLISTS, scooter riders and trikers are to create a red poppy around the M60 to raise money for a Haslingden charity.

Ride of Respect – Ring of Red already circle the M25 and this year Veterans In Communities, based in Haslingden, has been chosen to benefit from all of the funds raised from the 36 mile M60 ride on Remembrance Sunday on November 12.

One of the organisers Jeanette Kiely said: “Everyone taking part will have a red T-shirt and we have contacted TV news stations to see if they will be able to cover it. We want someone to be able to take an aerial photograph to show the red ring around the city.

“We picked VIC to benefit because of the outreach work that the charity carries out in Rochdale, Heywood and the surrounding areas.”

VIC Operations Manager Bob Elliott said: “We are delighted to be supporting this colourful and moving tribute to veterans.

“VIC will be at Birch Services with our VIC crew van and an advice and information stand.

“We are very grateful to Ride of Respect – Ring of Red for the opportunity to raise money and awareness of the work of VIC.”

Specially printed red T-shirts are available to buy in advance of the ride from Facebook group Ring of Red M60.

Riders will assemble from 9.30am at the Westbound Birch Services on the M60 and the ride leaves at 1pm.