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Bikers' Baildon rally supports good cause
10:00am Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
Hundreds of bikers were revving into Baildon today for an international gathering.
Vintage bikes from the 1940s alongside modern beasts worth £30,000 are expected at the three-day Shipley Rally organised by the town’s Harley Club.
“We’re looking this year at between 500 and 600 bikers,” said organiser Pete Griffiths. “We’ve got clubs coming from Holland, France, Belgium and all over the UK.”
The highlight of the rally is on Sunday when villagers will gather to see the bikers set off en masse on a spectacular charity ride-out.
The bikers, mainly on Harley Davidsons, will gather from 11.30am ready to roar off at 1pm on a ride through Otley, the countryside and over the moors to the rally base at Baildon Cricket and Rugby Club, in Jenny Lane.
Visitors can join the bikers for an open afternoon, with music, stalls, a barbecue, Shetland ponies and a zorbing ball among the attractions.
The ride-out will support Bradford Hospitals Children’s Charity.
“All the bikers bring toys and games and jigsaws and there will be a couple of nurses there to collect them,” Mr Griffiths, 57, of Cottingley, said.
The event will also support Marie Curie and the Callum Hall Trust, set-up for a Guiseley man in his 20s who was left paralysed after an abscess developed in his back.
“It’s quite a big thing when we do the ride-out, we get a lot of spectators,” said Mr Griffiths. “Normally we go somewhere like Harewood House or Ripley Castle, but they have no events, so this year we’re putting on an event up at our rally site on Sunday afternoon.”
Baildon Farmers’ Market will have bike-themed children’s activities and Pickles Deli is donating 10p for every scone sold all week to the bikers’ charities.
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