Brechin biking event proves a great success

Crowds gathered to watch the Ballroom Gitz who performed in the Swan car park.
Crowds gathered to watch the Ballroom Gitz who performed in the Swan car park.

Brechin roared to the sound of around 150 Harley Davidson bikes on Saturday, as the Brechin Retailers’ Harley Davidson in the City fun day was staged.

Thousands of people took to the streets to enjoy what has been described by many as “the best thing to happen in Brechin for years”.

Bikers and visitors travelled from near and far to enjoy the event, with people coming from England (see page 3) and Holland specifically for the day.

People of all ages stood to watch the bikes come into the town before getting a chance to get up close with the machines with some people even getting the chance to find out what it feels like to sit on some of the bikes.

Crowds flocked to Swan Street for beer, music and dancing, as 70s Glam Rock band The Ballroom Gitz performed throughout the afternoon in the Swan car park.

Younger members of the crowds were entertained by the “The Puppet Gang” and bands played outside Rosie’s Bakehouse on the High Street and during the afternoon people had the opportunity to watch Easy Rider and Wild Hogs at St Andrews’ Church. The Brechin Retailers have been praised for putting on the event, with everyone asking that it is made into an annual event.

The smell of burgers drew the crowds to The Hardware Store and Bruce Brymer’s barbecue and queues stood outside Print Matters to sample a traditional Hog Roast.

House of Custom, a Harley Davidson customising specialist also attended the fun day.

During the evening there was a concert in the City Hall, to mark the grand opening of The Davidson Legacy’s Netherton Cottage, Aberlemno - the former home of Sandy and Margaret Davidson before they emigrated to America in the 1850s.

Netherton Cottage has been restored to reflect the simple lifestyle Sandy and his family experienced before embarking on their long journey to America.

There was a carnival atmosphere around the town and now people want to see this return next year bigger and better. People took to social networking sites to sing the praises of the Retailers Group and the Davidson Legacy for putting on this event.

Karen Paton said: “What fantastic day, great turnout and the sun shone. Would love to see it be an annual event but bigger and better.

“Hope The Ballroom Gitz are booked for the music festival they were excellent.”

Marie Walker also enjoyed the day: “What a great day Brechin had, lots of fantastic Harley’s and to top it off what a great band on the street!

“Well done and hope we see it all again in the future!”

Allan Fisher thanked the organisers: “What a superb day, well done the organisers. Never seen Brechin so busy. Thanks for having us on.”

Full of priase was Mairi Mckenzie who said: “What a great effort the retailers made today. It was so nice to see their colourful shops and see them getting into the spirit of things. The atmosphere was brilliant.”

And people need not worry as organisers are already planning to meet to organise another event next year.

“We will be meeting as a group on Wednesday (today) to start thinking about next year’s event,” said Bill Sturrock from the Retailers Group.

“Before then we have Halloween in the City and Christmas in the City to organise.

“It was great to see the town so busy, the busiest it has been for years.”

Bill also described how busy the town was in the evening, stating that at least one pub was so full that they had to stop people coming in.

For more pictures from the day go to page 14.