Bikers heading to town for the May Day run

Bikers in Hastings last year. Pic by Frank Copper
Bikers in Hastings last year. Pic by Frank Copper

TENS of thousands of bikers are heading to 1066 Country next month as part of the annual May Day motorbike run and parade, which is now in its 35th year.

The event, organised by the bike1066 group, is expected to draw in crowds of spectators and visitors and will be celebrating the life of motorcycle icon Barry Sheene, who died 10 years ago aged 52.

Bikers will be arriving in Hastings on Monday, May 6 from 9am.

This year the event will be screening a Barry Sheene documentary and feature film on the giant video screen in the town centre, as well as showing British Superbike Racing live in the afternoon. There are also exhibits from Top Gear and a chance to drive around Brands Hatch in a specially adapted car. There will be lots of motorcycle kit and the latest bikes from all over the world for visitors to view.

Last year around 20,000 bikers came to Hastings.

Howard Martin, director of bike1066, said: “This event gives everyone a chance to get involved in motorcycles and motorcycle sport. We want more families to attend the event so that everyone can share in the excitement of bikes and attract more people to the sport while raising money for charities.”

This year it will be raising funds for Spinal Research, SERV Bloodrunners, Armed Forces Bikers, Downs Syndrome, and Hastings Trust.

Mr Martin added: “We like the event to support a diversity of charities so that everyone feels involved. After 35 years Hastings is now at the heart of international motorcycle culture and will grow to become as famous as Daytona Beach.”

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