Thousands of motorcyclists from across the UK rode out together in support of the Royal Air Force.

More than 3,000 bikers met in Shrewsbury to begin the RAF Association’s annual Easter Egg Run - a 25 mile ride to raise funds for the Wings Appeal.

The group, many of whom wore fancy dress, rode in convoy from the Meole Brace Park and Ride in Shrewsbury to the RAF Museum in Cosford, Shropshire, delivering Easter eggs to the families of RAF personnel and injured servicemen and women at the end of the journey.

Supporters lined bridges above the M54 along the route to cheer the bikers on.

Motorcyclist Raymond Hemming, from Telford attended the ride dressed as a giant cockerel.

He said: “We do motorcycle runs like this to support our troops. They do a grand job and I think they are the best in the world.

“I go to as many of these events as possible because I really appreciate what they do for us and it’s for such a good cause.”

Money donated by the bikers will go towards the RAF Association’s Wings Appeal to provide help and support for past and present members of the RAF, including troops currently serving in Afghanistan.

The RAF Association’s Director of Fundraising, Rachel Huxford, said: “The people who serve in our armed forces really are heroes and it is for them that we do this every year.

“We also mustn’t forget their families who are also heroes in our eyes because of the sacrifices that they make for their loved ones. We are delighted to be able to help all of them.”