Think Bike! Event makes history

On Sunday 21st August members of the motor cycling community came from all over the country to enjoy what has to go down as one of the largest events in Hornsea’s history. An estimated 12,000 people and 4,000 motor cycles converged on the town and Hall Garth Park to create a wonderful spectacle. As well as the amazing display of bikes, trikes and scooters there were fairground rides, side stalls, donkey rides, a wide range of stalls from the motor bike trade, food stalls, charity stalls, stunt riding, a helicopter landing and two stages with live music and entertainment throughout the day. The day got off to a roaring start with a Triumph owners ride-in followed by a lady bikers ride-in from Sigglesthorne headed by Brenda Pearson, a 74 year old Hornsea resident who realised her dream of riding a Honda Goldwing and Withernsea’s Ruby Reds Dance Troupe of TV fame. Many of the women involved in the ride admitted to being overcome with emotion at the feeling of camaraderie and solidarity they enjoyed. The sun shone and the park was awash with locals and visitors enjoying the spectacle and entertainment. Yorkshire Air Ambulance, who delighted the crowds by landing one of their helicopters in the park, The Eve Appeal (fighting women’s cancer), and the British Bikers Relief Fund were the three chosen charities of the Bike Event organisers and will benefit from a handsome donation. The funds raised were given a great boost from a bucket collection by the Ruby Reds. There were prizes and winners as follows: Pre 1945 bike- John Forster for his Velocette Pre 1975 bike- Phillip Roberts for his 1963 Triumph Modern- Steve Wright for his Rickman VR Special- Shaun Daniels for his Yamaha Vmax Scooter- Ian Smith for his Vespa Trike- Les White Show Bike- Keith Hassie for his Big Dog K9 Mayor Lee Walton was on hand to present the prizes and said: “It is absolutely marvellous to see so many people coming into the town for this second Bike Event. I would like to commend all of the organising committee for their fantastically hard work in making this possible.” Another Hornsea resident, Stuart Everard, manager of the main sponsors Everquip, was very happy with his investment saying: “This has been a fantastic event- well organised and great for Hornsea. It is wonderful to see so many people enjoying our town and we’ll definitely be back next year. We would support it being extended into a two day event.” Chair Sid Tracey and Vice Chair Andy Ellis from the organising committee were delighted to see so many happy faces and grateful for the tremendous support received from both the public and the motor cycle community. They especially wished to thank the local traders and sponsors supporting the event, all the bands who played free of charge together with Rayner Rock n’ Roll, all the other members of the committee, marshals and helpers, Hornsea Town Council, presenter Karl Freebury, the Ruby Reds and all the lady and Triumph riders. This illustrates the tremendous collective effort that went into making the event such a huge success and one that has undoubtedly raised the profile and enhanced the reputation of our town. Congratulations to everyone involved.4

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