Retired North Walsham teachers set off on charity motorbike trip

Two retired north Norfolk teachers have set off on a 2,000 mile motorbike trip to raise money for charities close to their hearts.

John Catton, from Banningham, and Dave Speck, from Swanton Abbot, left Norfolk early on March 28 to ride to Newquay in Cornwall, before starting their Land's End to John O'Groats journey.

In all the trip is expected to cover 2,044 miles and take five days.

Mr Catton was previously headteacher at North Walsham High School, while Mr Speck was his deputy.

The rider have previously ridden to Italy together and are planning another trip to Switzerland later this year.

The paid also did a charity motorcycle trip 11 years ago to raise �1,000 towards North Walsham High School's bid to gain specialist status in the performing arts.

Mr Speck is raising money for the Eve Appeal, which funds research into gynaecological cancers.

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In the past he had also overcome cancer himself.

He had raised more than �580 online and hoped to increase the figure before the trip was over.

Mr Catton is raising money for Norfolk Children's Hospice at Quidenham, spurred on when a close friend lost her young daughter.

He has been sponsored �750 by the Red Lion in Cromer and hopes to raise more from other donations.

Mr Catton said: 'That's not a great time. I'm sure people have cycled it in as much.

'They're great charities we think. The kind you'd like to be able to give millions to.'

Mr Speck, an NCFC season ticket holder who still teaches part time at Caister High School, said he hoped to get back in time for Saturday's Norwich City match.

Donations can be made via Mr Speck's justgiving page at