Musical cycles for King’s Lynn Samaritans
Pictured: riders setting off from Sandringham

Over 70 riders got their bicycles out and many donned their best fancy dress inspired by their favourite musicals for the King’s Lynn’s Samaritans annual bike ride at the weekend.

Featuring characters from the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Grease and Matilda, the riders proved a colourfully diverse bunch that paid homage to the famous musicals.

Riders had a choice between an 8 mile or 12 mile ride starting at Sandringam with the longer route going through Shernborne, Fring and Sedgeford and then down through Snettisham and Ingoldisthope to return to Sandringham.

On the wings to judge the many fabulous entries were Sir Henry Bellingham MP and borough Deputy Mayor and Mayoress Geoff and Rose Hipperson. The overall winners were a family dressed as Matilda. Other winners included Singing in the Rain and Mr Banks from Mary Poppins.

Proving a successful day in the sunshine they managed to raise over £900 on the day with more expected from sponsors. Samaritans King’s Lynn chairman Jenny Storf said: “any money raised will go to King's Lynn branch of Samaritans who are not funded and rely totally on donations and local fund raising events. The numbers of calls to Samaritans have increased greatly recently especially with young men. Samaritans are involved with prison and British rail where suicides have also increased.”

The Samaritans are a non-profit mental health organisation that helps those suffering from feelings of isolation and disconnection that can ultimately lead to suicidal thoughts. They are available 24/7 through phone, email, SMS or at local branches such as the branch in King’s Lynn.