HUNDREDS of motorbikes roared into Stamfordham on Sunday for the annual Tyne Valley Classic Motorcycle show.

It was great weather and an even better turn-out as a wide array of vintage and modern machines took over Stamfordham village green, along with avid motorcycle fanatics.

Bikes on show included an AJS 16M 350 single, used by the British Army in 1939; several Triumphs and others synonymous with the heyday of British motorcycle manufacturing, including Rudge, BSA, Douglas, Sunbeam and Ariel and Matchless.

John Edwards, from Stanley, rolled up on his 1952 BSA B31. John has had the bike for 30 years after his father-in-law found it in a field near the Derwent Reservoir as a complete wreck. John, a retired mechanic, lovingly-restored the 350cc single.

Best in show was awarded to Cliff Carr with his Sunbeam S7, whilst best British bike went to Malcom Lavery with his Triumph Tiger 100.

Organiser John Abbott said: “It was quite unusual. We had a mix of old and new restored bikes up against each other. It was great that the weather held out, and hopefully it’ll be the same next year.”