Cyclists tour churches

Hitting the road ... Some of the cyclists competing in the Suffolk Historic Churches Bike Ride set off from Lavenham.
Hitting the road ... Some of the cyclists competing in the Suffolk Historic Churches Bike Ride set off from Lavenham.

CYCLISTS keen to do their bit for their local churches turned out in force on Saturday for the annual Suffolk Historic Churches Bike Ride.

Churches in the county opened for the day and those taking part had forms signed at each church they called at.

At St Peter’s in Sudbury, the day coincided with an annual organ marathon which saw various organists playing the church’s redundant 100-year-old Lewis organ.

One organist taking part was Stuart Mathieson, who featured in last week’s Free Press.

He visited 20 churches in and around Sudbury and played 10 organs.

“The bike ride went extremely well. I have been sponsored more than £500,” said Stuart, whose sponsor money will be divided between the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust, which organises the annual bike ride, and local churches where Stuart plays the organ.