Photos: 300 Harley Davidsons head through Burnham for fundraiser
300 Harley Davidson motorbikes headed through the centre of Burnham-On-Sea
on Sunday (May 1st) during a fundraising rally.
annual Cider Parade Run, organised by Bridgwater Harley Owners
Group, was marking its 25th anniversary this year and came to
Burnham-On-Sea for the first time.
of spectators turned out in the High Street, as pictured here,
to watch the bikes arrive before they headed to the South Esplanade,
raising money for Burnham's BARB Search & Rescue at the same
Collins, one of the organisers from the Bridgwater Harley Owners
Group, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We had a great turnout with
lots of support from the people of Burnham."
council, residents and businesses have been very supportive and,
after such a great success, we hope to come back next year."
event attracted hundreds of extra people into the town, with many
town centre cafes and shops reporting a boost in trade compared
to a normal May Bank Holiday Sunday. The Police praised the organisers
for their safe marshalling of the bikes along the route.
event proved popular with spectators of all ages who headed to
the seafront to see the bikes on show.
parade was headed by the flags of all participants and arrived
in Burnham-On-Sea around 12 noon, riding through the High Street
on its way to the South Esplanade.
Burnham and Highbridge's Mayor Cllr Michael Clarke presented a
trophy for his bike of choice, pictured above.
'business choice' trophy was presented to rider Dave Lucas by
Burnham Chamber of Trade's Mark Newman and Town Centre Manager
Bev Milner Simonds, pictured below. Dave has not let a serious
road accident last year hold him back from giving his long-running
support to the event.
Harley Owners Group was formed in 1989 and are the second oldest
chapter in Europe.
the group was formed they have taken part in many events and members
have attended Harley Owners Group rallies all over the world from
Australia to the U.S.A. including many in Europe and all over
"Over the years we have raised many tens of thousands of
pounds for charity and we continue to do so," added Mick.
added that the Cider Run has a long history: "This event
has been held at various venues, but is now resident at Sand Bay
holiday complex near Weston. We take over the entire site for
four days at the beginning of May and each year and the event
is sold out well in advance."
Owners Group members come to party, meet old friends and make
new ones. We always have a grand parade and this is the first
year we have brought it to Burnham."
Mayor took the opportunity to try out one of the motorbikes, watched
by organiser Mick Collins and volunteers from BARB Search &
Rescue, who raised £400 in donations and collections on
Mayor said: "I'm delighted to see this event coming to Burnham
- it's a well established Somerset event that brings many spectators
to our town. The event got a warm welcome to Burnham."
of the colourful dressed riders and, right, deputy Mayor Paul
display of the bikes was set up outside the Bay View Cafe
club's flags were flown next to the bikes along the seafront (pic
arrival of the bikes was watched by spectators along the High
Street - and a leaflet of local shopping deals was offered to
visitors by the Town Centre Manager to encourage trade.
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