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PHOTOS: Organisers ‘overwhelmed’ by Bideford Bike Show success

09:20 03 June 2014

Crowds packed onto the Quay for Bideford Bike Show. Pic: Graham Hobbs.

Crowds packed onto the Quay for Bideford Bike Show. Pic: Graham Hobbs.

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Around 1,000 bikes packed onto Bideford Quay, raising thousands of pounds for two charities.

One biker takes a rest in the sunshine. Pic: Daryl Knight.One biker takes a rest in the sunshine. Pic: Daryl Knight.

THE organisers of the Bideford Bike Show said they were ‘completely overwhelmed’ as more than 1,000 bikers packed the Quay on Saturday.

Bikes lined the Quay from the Longbridge to Victoria Park, and several cafes even had to shut early after selling out of everything.

“By 12.45 the car park, pavements and the entire Quay were completely packed, and that wasn’t even an hour in,” said organiser Lisa Elston.

“At one point I just stood there with my hand over my mouth, I couldn’t believe how many people were there.

“Some people came from as far as Essex, Sussex and County Durham.

“We tried to give bikes tickets as they came in to keep count but in the end we had so many bikers trying to get in we just had to get them through as quickly as possible.”

Lisa said the exact figures were due to be confirmed, but she hoped they had raised around £2,000 to split between Help for Heroes and Devon Freewheelers.

“We’re going to meet next week to discuss the future, but after this year’s success I think we are good to go for next year,” Lisa added.

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