CHILDREN from Chernobyl were welcomed to Solihull last week by members of a local motorbike club.
The youngsters are visiting the borough during the school holidays - stopping with families or at Springfield House School, near Knowle.
Their visit is the latest organised as part of the Solihull Chernobyl Children’s Project.
Each and every one of the children has been affected by the nuclear accident - which struck the Russian city almost 25-years ago.
To give them a proper welcome, the charity approached members of the Harley Owners Group.
And last Wednesday, around 20 bikers organised a rally and drove over to Springfield to meet the children.
Organiser John Narramore said that the youngsters had “a whale of a time”.
It’s not the first time that Chernobyl’s children have been invited to Solihull.
During visits in the past, they have enjoyed specially-organised events at local fire stations and sailing clubs.
And during their stay last year, a group received free glasses from the High Street branch of Specsavers.
Since the Chernobyl disaster, in 1986, there has been a surge in the number of children - living in the Belarus region - suffering with cancer and other illnesses.
The true scale of the fall-out has been debated many times and one report predicts that up to 9,000 could eventually be killed by the radiation.
To find out more about the charity, go to www.chernobyl-children.org.uk.