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Biker event organisers say motorcycle rally in Great Yarmouth will be a success

PUBLISHED: 15:46 13 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:46 13 June 2017

Marine Parade in Great Yarmouth.

Picture: James Bass

Marine Parade in Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass

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The organisers behind a huge motorbike event in Great Yarmouth have said it will be a great day for all.

The Great Yarmouth Motorcycle Takeover is set to take place on Saturday, July 8 and could attract 5,000 bikers to the seafront.

Last year’s inaugural event led to a parking “free for all” according to a report seen by Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s economic development committee.

Now the management behind the official event have said claims in the report that it would be “organised chaos” are overstated.

Event organiser Andy McSweeney said: “We’ve had outstanding support from the local authorities and have worked closely with them to ensure all possible problems are ironed out in advance.

“A lot of other seaside towns have an annual bike meet, and we’ve always wanted to bring one to the town. People are coming from all over, from as far as Scotland and Ireland.

“We’ve attended meetings with the council, tourism board, and Norfolk Police and covered all areas of safety and planning.

“We have detailed plans to route traffic to the seafront to avoid disturbing local traffic, marshals on the day to direct bikes and control the ‘chaos’ and sourced off road parking to avoid taking parking from cars on the day.”

The event will be a big boost to the resort, with estimates suggesting each visitor will spend around £30 each meaning traders can expect a boost in the region of £145,000 on the day.

It is also being held on the same day as the annual Wheels Festival, drawing in crowds too.

Mr McSweeney added: “The day offers something different from the norm of the seafront.”

Last year, one biker crashed on his way to the event. Mr McSweeney said a crew from the East Anglian Air Ambulance saved his life, adding: “So this year we’ve decided to raise money for them as a thank you.”

Volunteers from the charity will be there on the day with collection buckets. All profits from event merchandise will go to charity.

A council spokesman said: “We are working closely with the organisers of the visit and Norfolk police to put together a plan to ensure the visit happens in a co-ordinated way which reduces the impact on other road users, while still capturing the huge economic benefits the thousands of visitors bring to the borough.”

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