Hundreds of bikers coming to Brechin

Hundreds of Harley Davidson bikes will roar into Brechin this Saturday as part of the Brechin Retailers “Harley in the City” event and, due to the recent bad weather, the opening party at The Davidson Legacy has now moved to Brechin.

Already the city centre has been dressed up with bunting and shops have been decorated.

During the event, which takes place between 11am and 4pm, it is envisaged that around 150/200 bikes will park on Clerk Street, in an area reserved for bikes parking only stretching from the Post Office to the Northern Hotel, with an overspill area at Maisondieu School being available for any additional bikers.

For those wishing to take their cars to the event Ken Ferguson of Brechin Football Club has also offered the car park at Glebe Park to be for visitor parking.

House of Custom, a Harley Davidson customising specialist, will be bringing its merchandise unit and a number of custom bikes are to be displayed in the area of the old petrol station belonging to Kevin Mackie.

It will not just be the sounds of engines that will be heard on the day as a variety of different entertainments have been organised throughout the day.

From 11.30am to 4pm 70’s Glam Rock Band The Ballroom Gitz will be performing on stage in the carpark at The Swan Restaurant with other bands and performers taking to stage between performances including Emily Mattieson, Joel Henderson and Scott Ness.

On the High Street Brechin High School’s Traditional Group will play at Rosie’s Bakeshouse.

A BBQ and bands, that will be set up at St David’s Street, have been arranged by Bruce Brymer’s and The Hardware Store or why not try a traditional Hogs Roast in Swan Street.

For movie lovers there will be a movie screening of Easy Rider and Wild Hogs. Check your leaflet, available from stewards, to find out when and where this will take place.

In the mid to late afternoon fire eaters will entertain the crowds and, if you like puppets, limited tickets will be available from the door for the 4.30pm Puppet Show in the City Hall.

Also during the day there will be numerous offers and discounts available in many of Brechin’s shops.

Souvenir mugs will be available on the day with profits going to the Retailers Group to help improve the town centre.

Information on these can be found from leaflets handed out by stewards on the day.

This event would not be possible without the help of a number of people and organisations. Thanks is given to Brechin Round Table, all departments at Angus Council, A. J. Allan, Cantiones Sacrae, A. P. Jess, West Coast Harley-Davidson, the Davidson Legacy, Douglas Murray and Stewart Hill.

The Harley Davidson in the City Facebook page can be found by visiting

The evening will see the grand opening of the Davidson Cottage at Netherton Cottage, Aberlemno - however due to the weather the event has now moved to Brechin.

It was from this tiny cottage that the blacksmith’s wright, Sandy Davidson and Margaret emigrated to America in the 1850s.

Three of their grandchildren, Arthur, William and Walter, along with William Harley, became the founder members of the Harley Davidson Motor Cycle Company.

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

The opening party on Saturday evening, now held in The City Hall, will see the following bands performing: Uniforms, Makeshift, Independence and Snap’n Turtles. Limited tickets are available but must be purchased in advance from Aberlemno Hall between 12 noon and 7 pm on Saturday.

The campsite has also moved to Brechin, and is now being situated in the overspill carpark at Brechin Castle Centre. For more information visit