Bikers flock to show

THOUSANDS of bikers from all over the region rode into Ipswich for the annual Felixstowe motorcycle show.Glorious sunshine greeted more than 20,000 people as they poured onto the Suffolk Showground yesterday to admire thousands of motorbikes.

By GEORGINA JAMES

georgina.james@eveningstar.co.uk

THOUSANDS of bikers from all over the region rode into Ipswich for the annual Felixstowe motorcycle show.

Glorious sunshine greeted more than 20,000 people as they poured onto the Suffolk Showground yesterday to admire thousands of motorbikes.


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Two weeks ago organisers had to find a new location for the extravaganza after councillor's pulled the plug on the event being held along Felixstowe's seafront.

Les Arbon, show co-ordinator and fund raiser for the Felixstowe Motorcycle Club, said: "We had to move for reasons beyond our control.

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"But our new venue has proved just as popular and the turnout was beyond all my expectation. By lunch time the place was absolutely packed."

Enthusiasts had made the journey to Ipswich from all over the country and as far afield as Holland and Germany.

Road racing machines, scooters, cruisers, touring bikes took their place alongside vintage models ensuring there was something of interest for everyone.

Crowds of people of all ages enjoyed the attractions laid on by the event's organisers, the Felixstowe Motorcycle Club, which included 13 different classes of show bikes, refreshments, displays, live music and even a bungee jump for the dare devils in the crowd.

Proceeds raised from the event will go to the Suffolk Air Ambulance.

"Bikers always support charities extremely well and love fund raising.

"Bike rallies in East Anglia are so few and far between and our show is the only one that really works," said Mr Arbon.

Organisers are considering making the show a two-day festival next year.

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