Hoggin' the Bridge returns to Chepstow
4:40pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in Gwent news
IT’S THAT time of year when thousands of leather-clad motorcyclists take over the Old Severn Bridge and thunder into Chepstow, all for charity.
Last year more than 2,000 bikers crossed the Old Severn Bridge as part of the annual Hoggin’ The Bridge event.
Bikers from as far away as Scotland travelled to Chepstow while people lined the bridges across the A48 to wave at the riders, many of whom carried flags and banners.
This year the ride will take place on Sunday, starting at the eBike Insurance office car park at 11am, behind Severn View Services, Aust, Junction 1 M48, near Bristol.
The parade ride, in aid of Meningitis UK, will begin by “hogging” the Old Severn Bridge then follow its usual route through Chepstow, finishing at the new location of Chepstow racecourse.
The Argus reported earlier this year that the annual Hoggin’ the Bridge event had to be moved to the racecourse as organisers fear the event is now too big for Chepstow town centre.
Chairman of the Hoggin’ the Bridge club Steve Bayliss said the committee had a duty of care and had to consider the health and safety of the public, with more and more people turning up to the charity event, now in its eighth year.
The ride honours the memory of founder Rex Forster, who died shortly after the 2005 event.
Hoggin’ the Bridge started in the year 2000 as a request by Bridgwater chapter member, Rex Forster, who organised a sponsored walk for the Spencer Dayman Trust finishing on the Severn Bridge.
Mr Forster asked for a few Harley Davidson motorbikes to escort the walkers across the finish line - but soon thought, “How many Harleys can we get on this bridge?”
This year there will be a ride-in bike show and an auto jumble on site.
Donations can be made at BigBoar Motorcycles, Unit 4, Bulwark Business Park, Chepstow; Artists Corner, 4 Thomas Street, Chepstow; or Newport Tool Hire, 456 Corporation Road, Newport.
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