RESIDENTS in Wem took to the streets this morning to cheer on a famous visitor taking on a mammoth biking challenge.

BBC One TV presenter Matt Baker passed through towns in North Shropshire as he continues to lead a group of bikers on their Rickshaw Challenge for Children in Need.

Hundreds of people gathered in the streets of Wem to catch a glimpse of the former Blue Peter presenter as he passed through the town earlier today.

The group of bikers started in Calais last Friday and are making their way up the country as they get closer to the finish line at Salford Quays Media City.

Ken and Sheila Langston of Wem were out supporting the group of cyclists as they passed through.

Ken said: “We found out through my son yesterday after he watched the One Show last night, so we thought we’d get out and give them some support.

“It seems as though we have about 100 bike races a year coming through the area that we live in, but this one is for a very good cause and it is good to know it will make a great difference.

“It’s really nice to come outside and see just how many people are supporting them.”

Sheila added: “It’s nice to have something like this that generates so much interest.

“I think it’s brilliant that they’re doing this for the children who need help funded by the money raised.”