The 20th BikeWise Show took place on the weekend at Police HQ in Aykley Heads, Durham. It’s safe to say the day was a resounding success, with an overwhelming number of visitors turning up for an action-packed day for all the family. In fact, people were queueing as soon as the show opened, and the car and bike parks were full to the brim by midday!
Dave Coates made his 19th consecutive appearance at the show and certainly didn’t disappoint as he pulled some cracking stunts on his line-up of Yamahas. Stunt driver Paul Swift made his show debut and surprised many of the guests. Together, Coates and Swift put on a spectacular display.
Considered regulars to the show, local rock band Kimera entertained crowds throughout the day. This year they were joined by Scottish tribal band Clann An Drumma, who went down a treat and had guests following them all day as they pitched-up at various locations around HQ.
TT racing legend John McGuinness made it down to the event where he met his fans, signed autographs and posed for many a picture. Later on in the day he was spotted immersed in the classic bike display!
On top of all this, there were plenty of clubs, retailers, exhibitions, and food and drink stalls. There were plenty of interactive stands for visitors to get involved with and kids loved checking out the police bikes.
Sergeant Iain Rodgers of the Durham Police Motorcycle Section commented: “the most important thing about the show is the way in which all sides of the motorcycling community, the wider public and Durham Constabulary can come together to make it such a successful day.”
Iain and his team have already decided that they can allocate nearly £5000 to good causes, ranging from The Joey Dunlop Foundation to the local hospital children’s wards. The money raised is a testament to the generosity of those who attended, Iain said.
Collectively, Iain added, the Durham Police Motorcycle Section and the BikeWise show endorse a positive image of motorcycling, encouraging and promoting responsible riding. “Most importantly, working together can really make inroads into keeping out motorcycling road causalities down,” Iain said.
All in it, it was a brilliant and successful event, and we can’t wait for the next one!
Image: Joanne Coates