DRESSED in their best from years gone by, residents from Christchurch took to their bikes for a fundraising charity ride with a twist today.

Not an inch of lycra could be seen at the inaugural Christchurch Vintage Bicycle Ride, which drew dozens of people together at the Quay before the off.

The event aims to raise as much cash as possible for the Bournemouth Hospital Charity and CODA Music.

After their seven mile journey - which took the cyclists from the Quay to Mudeford and Steamer Point - they returned back to the Quay for a spot of afternoon tea.

This was provided by the sponsors of the event, the Captains Club Hotel.

Organiser Christina Pengelly said it had been a wonderful day.

"The day is about celebrating cycling but with style," she said.

"It's dressing up and celebrating a bygone era and taking a leisurely bike ride with no lycra."

The town's Mayor, Cllr Trish Jamieson, wished the cyclists well on their way and thanked everyone for their contribution.

She said: "I hope to see you all here again next year."

For Mark and Collie Loveder and their friends Michael and Amanda Rich it was about taking part and raising as much money as possible.

Mrs Loveder said: "We just thought we'd come along and raise money and have a bit of fun."

There were categories for the best dressed bike, lady, and even best moustache, of which plenty could be seen.