Town revs up for motorcycle extravaganza

UP to 20,000 petrolheads are expected to descend on the town for the annual May Day motorbike run on Monday - and this year they can expect a warmer welcome than ever.

The bike1066 group - which is determined to help Hastings capitalise on the so-called round pound - has organised a host of events to help make this year’s event bigger and better.

There will be trade stands featuring some of the biggest names in motorcycling, not to mention a chance to get up close and personal with one of Evel Knievel’s stunt bikes, a local market in and around Robertson Street and a massive eight metre high screen in the town centre.

With support from Hastings Borough Council, Sussex Police, the Hastings Chamber of Commerce and local traders’ associations, Howard Martin of bike1066 is confident it will be a weekend to remember.

“We want everyone in Hastings to get involved in the round pound movement,” he said. “Not only are the bikers bringing benefits through investment they are also motivating charities to make the most of the opportunity for the benefit of everyone, locally and nationally.”

There will be a special Help for Heroes stand in the town centre, while local motorcycle group The Norsemen will be out collecting for the Sussex Air Ambulance and The Carlisle pub will be hosting a whole heap of fundraising events throughout the day, mostly in aid of St Michael’s Hospice.

The Observer is supporting the bike1066 search for the best photographs of Monday’s motorbike madness.

We are asking anyone out and about with a camera to send us any pictures that they feel capture the spirit of the event.

The best one will be printed in the paper and a selection of the top entries will be on show at the bike1066 FilmFest event at the White Rock Theatre on Sunday, May 29.

Email your entries to by Monday, May 9.