Bikers roar into town centre

Daventry echoed to the sound of revving engines and music on Saturday when the Motorcycle Festival rode into the town centre.

The bike festival, now in its fourth year, saw hundreds of enthusiasts fill High Street, Market Place and Sheaf Street with an amazing display of old and new bikes.

Daventry Motorbike Festival. Pictured, NNL-140615-190842009

Daventry Motorbike Festival. Pictured, NNL-140615-190842009

The event started with a mass ride-in by a procession of 200 bikers, escorted by riders from the emergency services, who had assembled at Bikers World in Browns Road, Daventry.

Machines on display included vintage, classic and modern motorcycles, police bikes and bikes used to deliver emergency blood supplies to hospitals.

In addition to the bikes, there was live music, children’s rides and activities and special offers on food and drink provided by local pubs and cafes.

Chris Stanley, of PR agency Unlimited Communications, one of the organisers of the event, said: “The Daventry Motorcycle Festival continues to grow in size and popularity and is now one of Daventry’s biggest events.

“As always the town was buzzing and the event attracted several thousand people, helping to boost the local economy, support local businesses and provide a great day out for residents and visitors alike.”

Other attractions on the day included trade exhibitors and stands from local bike clubs including the Daventry Motorcycle Club and Hesketh Motorcycle Club. Chris added:“The festival is run and supported on a voluntary basis by a variety of local motorcycling groups, organisations, businesses and individuals.

“I would like to extend a big thank-you to them and Northamptonshire County Council, which also supported the event this year.

“The festival is a real showcase for Daventry and something the town can be very proud of. But for it to continue we are going to need to attract sponsors, individuals to be part of the steering group and stewards for the day.”