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Thank You - To Durham Advanced Motorcyclists

I'd like to say a big 'Thank You' to members of the Durham Advanced Motorcyclists who 'sprung' a surprise upon me at the 13th BikeWise event on the 29th July,which was my last as a serving Police Officer.
The first event was held in 1995 and on the same day we launched the Durham Advanced Motorcycle Group. It's chairman at that time was Mike Cope, who has been a stalwart of the group throughout the years and it was Mike who came up onto the stage at the end of the presentations to present me with a drawing of me on my Police bike - a Honda ST1300. There is a lovely inscription, from the group to me on the frame.
Throughout my years as motorcycle Sgt I have been privileged to help the group and to see it grow. D.A.M became so big at one point that it had to split and the Northumberland Advanced Motorcyclists group (N.A.M) were subsequently formed and also continue's to thrive.
Both these groups have trained hundreds of local motorcyclists in advanced riding techniques, based on the Police system of riding.
The Committee, Training officer, Senior Observers and Observers put countless hours into running the group and Mick Alder & Alison Bonar from the bike office also put a lot of their own time into helping with the group.
There are to many names within DAM to mention people individually but to all both past & present a big Thank You from Annie & myself for your kindness.
Although I am retiring from the Police Service, I fully intend to be actively involved with the group and to examine any future associates that the group put's through to test....
Bob Brown