Over 500 bikers and around 9,000 visitors attended the third annual Harley-Davidson in the City event hosted in the Scottish town of Brechin last weekend, local newspaper The Courier reports.
The event is part of efforts to put the town, with a population of about 7,000, “on the map” and focus on the fact that Brechin was the original home of the Davidson family. Arthur Davidson became one of the co-founders of Harley-Davidson after the family emigrated to the United States in the 1850s.
Harley-Davidson in the City is organised each year by Bravo (Business, Retailers and Voluntary Organisations) Brechin and attracts hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts from across the UK and Europe. Bill Sturrock, chairman of the community group, told The Courier that this year’s attendance was the biggest yet.
The highlight this year was the brand new 200-metre water slide. Placed directly on the closed-off City Road, the construction cost £5,000. According to Sturrock, setting the water slide up was a challenge for the organisers, but people enthusiastically queued to take a ride along the relatively short run.
Intended to develop the community and bring in tourists without costing a huge amount of money, an event like Harley-Davidson in the City relies heavily on support from local businesses and authorities, Sturrock explained. He praised the local community, the town’s police force and Angus Council for their role in making the event possible.