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Thousands enjoy biggest and best Bikewise yet


Jul 17, 2017 #Aykley Heads, #Bikewise

THOUSANDS of people turned out to enjoy the biggest and best Bikewise yet.

The event, which is in its 23rd year, saw families and bikers from across the county descend on Durham Police headquarters at Aykley Heads to enjoy an action-packed day.

Among the stars of the show were the Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team, the White Helmets, who wowed the crowds with some of their final performances before being disbanded later this summer.

Darlington-based stunt rider, Dave Coates, showed off his spectacular skills on both two and four wheels, while Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness signed autographs and chatted to fans.

The wet weather failed to dampen spirits as mountain bike display team, 3SIXTY enthralled audiences with their technical ability, and Dick Shepherd showcased his collection of vintage Triumph motorcycles.

North-East rock band Kimera provided musical entertainment and there were also displays from the police dog section, police helicopter the Great North Air Ambulance.

Chief Constable Mike Barton said: “It has been a fantastic day and it has been great to welcome so many people to police headquarters.”

Sergeant Iain Rodgers, from the bike section, said: “Bikewise has been a tremendous success over the years and has helped our efforts to improve road safety.

“However, motorcyclists remain among the most vulnerable of our road users and there are important messages to take away from the event to help keep them safe on the roads.”

By Emily