Bikers descend on Chepstow for Hoggin' the Bridge
5:02pm Sunday 20th October 2013 in News
Motorcyclist cross the A48 Severn Bridge between Aust and Chepstow for the charity Hoggin The Bridge charity ride (1699179)
LEATHER-CLAD motorcyclists crossed the Old Severn Bridge before roaring into Chepstow for a popular charity bike ride today.
The bikers paraded through the town to crowds of cheering fans then stopped at Chepstow Racecourse for the eighth Hoggin’ The Bridge event.
There the motorcyclists enjoyed live music, food and stalls selling a host of accessories including badges, jewellery and bike seats.
The Hoggin’ The Bridge ride drew at least 1,700 participants who made donations for charities including Meningitis UK.
For the first time, the gathering was held at the racecourse rather than the town centre following a minor accident involving a motorcyclist and a child last year.
Hoggin’ The Bridge treasurer Arf Parsons, 50, said: “As a committee, we felt that we had to move to a bigger venue for safety reasons. We’ve got more bike traders here and we’ve got more space.”
Bikers welcomed the spacious new setting at the racecourse though some missed the town centre atmosphere.
Alan Taylor, 59, Devizes, Wiltshire, said: “The town was always very crowded with the shops.”
Alan Jenkins, 47, of Milford Haven, said: “There was a bigger variety of things to do in the town centre.”
Julie Phillips, 35, of Cardiff, added: “It’s a nicer environment for the bikers. It’s a much better way of doing it.”
Hoggin’ The Bridge chairman Steve Bayliss said 1,737 bikers had crossed the bridge, down by around 300 on last year.
But he said the weather forecast had been “atrocious” and the bikers had to go to a new venue.
Mr Bayliss added they had decided to move the event after the town centre collision in a car park, but stressed neither the girl pedestrian nor the motorcyclist had required hospital treatment.
He told the Argus: “It’s gone swimmingly well. The atmosphere of the town is not there but it’s the people who make the atmosphere. It’s a bike event.”
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