Hog move ‘will not hurt Chepstow trade’
CHEPSTOW will not lose out when Hoggin the Bridge’s end point moves to the racecourse, according to the event’s spokesman.
John Young has moved to calm fears traders have about the huge fundraising motorbike ride finishing at the sporting venue, instead of the town centre.
Normally thousands of bikes pack into Chepstow for entertainment on a stage by the Cenotaph and to browse stalls.
The October 20 event, which raised £15,000 for charities in 2012, has been a major coup for the town over 12 years and traders have always been glad to support it.
The move to the racecourse stems from an incident involving a motorbike and a pedestrian last year according to Mr Young, when car park space also ran out because the event has become so popular.
Mr Young said the committee of 12, whose members met Chepstow Marketing, ChepstowTown Council and the Round Table on Monday before having their own meeting last night, are going to give the town’s businesses a chance to set up stalls at the new venue.
He said: “Themove is purely due to safety reasons. So many bikes turn up that we just can’t cope. The racecourse gives us more space.
I’m a Chepstow resident and I consider it part of the town.
“The move isn’t going to impact on traders.”
Melanie Phillips, president of Chepstow Chamber of Commerce, said while she is happy the event is remaining in Chepstow, she feels it would be better to stay in its streets.
“I just think it’s a great loss to the town centre. We appreciate what Hoggin The Bridge has done over the years and we wish them every success but we hoped it could have remained in the town bringing the tourists in shopping and enjoying themselves. There is definitely a sad feeling in the town about this.”
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