Calne revs up for bikers' bonanza

This Is Wiltshire: Sgt Craig Hardy with a police Harley-Davidson at the annual Calne Bike Meet. Picture by Paul Morris Sgt Craig Hardy with a police Harley-Davidson at the annual Calne Bike Meet. Picture by Paul Morris

Thousands of bike enthusiasts revved through Calne on Saturday for the town’s annual meet.

The event was organised by a committee of bikers and residents and attracted more riders and families than ever before.

Committee member Greg Widger said: “We had a fantastic day. There were loads of bikes and family and kids running around.

“We had bikes that were over 100 years old and others that had been made just weeks ago.

"There were sports bikes, classic bikes, custom bikes, you name it we had it. People have been thanking us for organising the event and said they had a great day, which is really great to hear.

“It’s been hard work but I really did enjoy it.”

The fun started at Beversbrook Farm on Friday with camping, bands, a beer tent and food stalls.

Mr Widger said: “The camping worked really well. It was something that was done for the first time last year and it was a bit of a damp squid then, but this year it worked.”

As well as stalls selling goods including leathers, helmets and motorbike tours, there were a number of rides throughout the day.

The main ride was out to Wootton Bassett at 4pm, which was attended by hundreds of bikers.

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Mr Widger said: “The ride was very well attended. A few people got lost on the way so we have to work on the route but we had more people than last year come out.

“The committee would like to thank everyone who sponsored, everyone who helped in anyway and, most importantly, everyone who came along because without them we wouldn’t have an event.”

Throughout the event the committee collected donations for Teenage Cancer Trust, British Biker Relief Foundation and Wiltshire charity Open Blue Trust, which uses a converted double-decker bus as a mobile community centre.

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