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Motorcycle show sign theft shocker

PUBLISHED: 13:16 10 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:18 03 March 2010

ORGANISERS of one of Felixstowe's biggest events were stunned after the mysterious disappearance of their main banner and signposts from alongside the A14.

By Richard Cornwell

richard.cornwell@ecng.co.uk

ORGANISERS of one of Felixstowe's biggest events were today stunned after the mysterious disappearance of their main banner and signposts from alongside the A14.

They say they cannot afford to replace the notices for the resort's motorcycle show – and now fear chaos on Sunday with thousands of bikers arriving in the town centre instead of on the seafront.

But today it was unclear whether the signs had been stolen or simply removed by highways officials.

One biker told the Star: "A highways van was seen in the area at the time so we just don't know – but it seems odd that our signs, which were helping people to arrive safely in the town and at the right place should go.

"The huge illegal colour fly posters advertising the circus which run all the way along the road were not taken away."

Michelle Scott, one of the organisers of the Felixstowe Motorcycle Show, said: "It is very disappointing and this is the second year running someone has targeted us and taken away our signs.

"The aim of the notices was to make sure people on bikes arrived at the south end of the town where there will be parking specifically set aside for them.

"Now we are looking forward to chaos because they will all probably head straight into the town centre and no know where to go."

The ten feet by two feet yellow banner and four directional posts were removed from the approach to the dock spur roundabout yesterday afternoon.

"I don't know whether someone has stolen them or not – it seems a very strange thing to steal and it is very dangerous to stop along there. They were hammered into the ground well as well," she said.

"The banner alone cost us £50 and if we have to replace all these signs then that is just less money we are able to give to the charity at the end of the event."

Proceeds from the Felixstowe Motorcycle Show, which is being staged on Sunday from 10am will go to the Ipswich Hospital Special Baby Care Unit.

The show is being staged on the seafront by Felixstowe Motorcycle Club in association with Alby's Café and the Bradford and Bingley Estate Agents and is expected to attract up to 15,000 visitors to the resort.

Organisers say Suffolk Coastal council have been more than helpful in ironing out last-minute hitches and all arrangements have now been agreed for the event, which has become one of the biggest in the resort's calendar.

There will be activities and attractions all along the seafront from the Manor End to the pier, and will include an expected 160-plus show bikes taking part in 14 classes for cups.

Included will be vintage and classic bikes, sports bikes, cruisers, streetfighters, scooters, trikes, tourers, and custom machines.

Attractions will include displays by the Territorial Army, bungee jumping, four lives bands – The Gitts, Cutn Edge, Raindance and Infra Red – plus trials bikes stunt riding demonstrations, fun fair rides, custom-painted lorries, children's attractions, and club and trade stands.

n Prizes are still needed for the event's tombola.

Anyone able to donate a prize, however big or small, for the tombola can deliver the goods to the Bradford and Bingley Estate Agents at 141 Hamilton Road, Felixstowe, or if they need to be collected ring 07880 976788.

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