The golden age of British motorcycling was brought back to life on Sunday in Stamfordham.

The sights and sounds of singles and twins took over the village green as the Tyne Valley Classic Motorcycle Club hosted its annual show.

Bikes with names which harked back to the heyday of British motorcycling manufacturing ­– Ariel, AJS, BSA, Panther and Triumph – were among the attractions

Among the line-up of bikes was a 1939 AJS 350cc single owned by Peter Jackson of Hexham.

When Peter bought the bike in 1992, it was in a poor state – parts of it were full of sea water.

“I completely refurbished the engine, the gearbox, the whole thing really,” he said.

“The gearbox was so bad, the teeth were corroded on one side.

“I could not ride it – it was a hell of a state.”

Fortunately, Peter was the right man for the job.

He had worked as a marine engineer before serving his time at the Swan Hunter shipyard on the Tyne.

Peter also owns a BSA and a Norton.

His AJS was one of 340 supplied to the British Army in 1939 and the engine was one of 5,750 supplied to the Army in 1941.

“I am 82 and the bike is 80. Think about all the history of it,” he said.

The club welcomes new members – you don’t have to own a classic bike to join – and more information is available on its website at