Bikers heading for monster bike meet at Calne
8:00am Friday 26th July 2013 in By Anne Moore
A monster bike measuring 20ft high created by sculptor and scaffolder Toby Welsby has been hauled into place to advertise this weekend’s Calne Bike Meet.
The meet, which has been organised by a committee of bikers and local residents, will attract thousands of bike fans and families to the town centre on Saturday.
The bike, made out of scaffolding pipes, can be found at the entrance to Beversbrook Farm on the A3102 towards Hilmarton where Friday and Saturday evening entertainment will also take place.
Mr Welsby, from Calne, spent two years building the bike and last Saturday it was lifted to the entrance by crane, where it will stay for the next few months.
Town councillor Greg Widger is a member of the Bike Meet Committee and said they heard about the sculpture through a contact at the Royal Enfield Owners Club.
He said: “We just walked into this barn, looked at it, started laughing, and said we’ve got to have it. He’s taken it all apart and he’s re-built a lot of it. He’s put a lot of work into it and he deserves credit.
“He cuts all the tube to the required length and then joins them together. He’s a scaffolder so he knows how to do that. Apparently he has wanted to do a sculpture from scaffolding for ages.”
The event begins at Beversbrook Farm late in the afternoon on Friday with camping, free entertainment and a funfair. The fun will continue on the Saturday evening.
AC/DC tribute band Hell’s Bells will kickstart the main event in the town centre at 11.30pm, when bike fans and families can enjoy exhibitions and live entertainment.
At 4pm hundreds of motorcyclists will ride out to Royal Wootton Bassett at 4pm in memory of dead soldiers who passed through the town during repatriation ceremonies.
Coun Widger said: “I think it’s probably the biggest free bike event in Europe, because you have to pay to go to most events, and it’s the biggest thing that happens in Calne. Why on earth would you miss something like that?
“Not one of us could have done it on our own. It needed everyone as a committee and we have all been able to bring different strengths to it so it’s really worked out well.
“This will be a week of hard graft. We have done all the preparation work and now we’re putting it into practice. I’ve told my family just to try and remember who I am by the end of it all.”
The Bike Meet Committee hopes to raise money through donations for Blesma, the British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association, Teenage Cancer Trust and the Freewheelers blood bike, a voluntary emergency group.
To find out more about the Calne Bike Meet, visit www.
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