A MOTORCYCLE rally with riders dressed as superheroes was held over the weekend to raise awareness of autism.

Almost 300 bikers in costumes took part on the event on Saturday as part of World Autism Awareness Week.

The pack set off from Tesco in Consett, visiting Lanchester Social Club, Lumley Community Centre, Washington Village Hall, Oakside Community Centre in Peterlee and The Rec at Ferryhill.

The event involved members of North-East Bikers Against Bullies and, in Ferryhill, local youngsters also donned fancy dress to take part in a charity football match.

Michelle Abbs, founder of Little Treasures Autism Support, said: “The rally was held to raise awareness of autism and getting everyone talking about autism.

“The turnout from everyone was absolutely amazing.

“It was really overwhelming for us as volunteers, and for the kids, to see all of the communities pulling together. It was a fabulous day.”