The Mayor of Llangollen and town crier will welcome thousands of bikers to the Llangollen International Motorcycle Festival - LlanBikeFest 15 (www.llanbikefest.co.uk) – on August 1 and 2.
Mayor Mike Adams, who rides a Harley-Davidson Sportster, and town crier Austin ‘Chem’ Cheminais (pictured with LlanBikeFest team members Debbie Rogers and Jimmy Aspinall), will officiate at the opening of the show by seven-times TT winner Mick Grant and Carl ‘Foggy’ Fogarty MBE, the most successful World Superbike (WSB) racer of all time, at 11.00am on Saturday, August 1 .
Mike said: “LlanBikeFest promises to be an excellent opportunity to attract new visitors to the town – and a great weekend for local people and businesses. We would love to see it develop into an annual festival with even closer links the community.”
Llangollen businessman and show organiser Harry Edwards said: “The level of support for the event in the area and from the biking fraternity is fantastic. We are determined that everyone will have a good time – and we have assured the Mayor that we will be strongly urging visitors to ride sensibly and with respect for local residents and road users.”
The On The Edge Trials Stunt Display Team will be performing amazing feats of skill on both days.
Billed as the world’s best stunt riders, the team is led by Jack Challoner and Martin Crosswaite, who between them have won multiple British, European and world trials championships.
On Sunday, August 2, more than 100 classic trials machines will compete in a stage of the Northern British Bike Pre-65 Trials Championship (NBBC), as part of a championship round hosted by Llangollen and District Motorcycle Club.
Other attractions will include a TT race bike simulator, live bands, a Saturday night party, vintage funfair, face-painting for kids of all ages by Glitterbugz and the opportunity to meet and handle some beautiful birds of prey with Rockcliffe Raptors.
The Llangollen site has previously hosted successful bike shows – the last in 2011 – but LlanBikeFest 15 is being organised by a new team of local motorcycle enthusiasts, led by Harry.
Follow the event on Twitter at @llanbikefest and Facebook at Llangollen International Motorcycle Festival.