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Top turnout for motorbike show

Hadleigh, Suffolk. Hadleigh and District Classic Motorcycle Club Classic Motorcycle Show, Celebrating 30 years of the Hadleigh and District Classic Motorcycle Club. Pictured is Chris Hare and John Louis judging the entries for the show ANL-140817-204720009

Hadleigh, Suffolk. Hadleigh and District Classic Motorcycle Club Classic Motorcycle Show, Celebrating 30 years of the Hadleigh and District Classic Motorcycle Club. Pictured is Chris Hare and John Louis judging the entries for the show ANL-140817-204720009

It was an enjoyable return to the days of annual shows for a local motorcycle group celebrating there 30th anniversary this weekend.

Hadleigh and District Classic Motorcycle Club ran their first classic motorcycle show and meet for five years, with past members returning to share old stories and a former World champion speedway star chatting about past glories.

Former champion John Louis was the special guest, helping to decide competition winners at the event on Sunday, held at the Guildhall in Hadleigh marketplace.

The attraction of a combination of classic and modern bikes, and the chance to meet Mr Louis saw a brilliant turnout of more than 150 people.

The town’s sea scout troop were on hand to man the barbecue and provide food for the event.

In return the club has decided to hand the scouts a cheque to help with their funding for their jamboree trip to Japan, while donating the same amount to the East of England Air Ambulance.

Member of the show’s organising committee Gordon Levett joked: “We always support the Air Ambulance, they’re the nearest to our hearts as we might need to use them one day.”

Despite a few showers, the sun shone for much of the event and Mr Levett said he thought current and former members and visitors all enjoyed the show.

“I certainly did,” he added.

As well as the bikes, visitors could enjoy videos of old races, pictures of the members from over the past 30 years and magazines and books available to read and take away, as well the chance to meet and chat to Mr Louis.

“He was there a long time and thoroughly enjoyed it,” Mr Levett said of Mr Louis.

“He was meant to be going to a speedway meet, I think he might have been a bit late, he was so enthusiastic.”

The club, who meet on the last Monday of each month at the Queen’s Head in Lower Layham and enjoy monthly rides in the summer, are looking for new members.

“We are a nice friendly club and anybody on any bike is welcome,” said group member Christian Hare.

“We actually recruited a few who came to the show and asked to join.”

Anybody interested in joining should email matchlessfire@aol.com.

 

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