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Bikers and farmers head out for Norfolk Day

PUBLISHED: 15:35 22 July 2019 | UPDATED: 16:00 22 July 2019

Harley Davidson owners gather in Fakenham Market Place. PICTURE: Nick Butcher

Harley Davidson owners gather in Fakenham Market Place. PICTURE: Nick Butcher

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Bikers and farmers will come together this Saturday to celebrate Norfolk Day in Fakenham Market Place.

The rally rides through town PICTURE: Nick ButcherThe rally rides through town PICTURE: Nick Butcher

Enthusiasts from across the UK will come to Fakenham Racecourse for the massive annual Harley Davidson Rally, before heading into the centre of town, where the Farmers' Market will be held.

Bikers will be met by watching crowds, live music and a barbecue by Papworth's Butchers, from around 9am. Liam O'Sullivan, owner of the Gallery Bistro on the Market Place and one of the organisers of the event there, said: "This is the fourth town centre event we have done, and every year it has got bigger and better.

"We always hope to attract more. We will also be raising money for charity at the event, so we hope to see many enjoying the spectacle."

The convoy will then ride out from 10.30am, heading to the north Norfolk coast. They will visit Barsham, Walsingham and Holkham, arriving at Holkham Hall at 11.30am.

Around 500 Harley Davidson motor cycles gathered in previous years PICTURE: Richard BruntonAround 500 Harley Davidson motor cycles gathered in previous years PICTURE: Richard Brunton

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The bikes will then head to Wells' sea front 15 minutes later, before heading through Stiffkey and Blakeney, aiming to arrive for the Sheringham 12.15am. More than 400 Harleys will be greeted there by the mayor, ahead of the Ride-in Street Party which brings crowds every year.

The Fenlanders Chapter of the Harley Owners Club organises the event. Neil Billig, director, said: "With less than a week to go, all hands are on deck to make sure everything goes smoothly. Thank you to Fakenham Racecourse for hosting us again."

Riders have said they appreciate people's patience as they wind their way around the countryside, but hope to see plenty of waves from the public and the sea.

The first Farmers' Market, in May 2001. PICTURE: Dennis WhiteheadThe first Farmers' Market, in May 2001. PICTURE: Dennis Whitehead

The rally is in it's 17th year, while the Farmers' Market is 18 this year. Traders will set out their stalls, bringing premium produce with low food miles to Fakenham Market Place.

Janet Holdom of the Fakenham Area Partnership said: "Whether it's free range eggs and poultry, cheeses, fruit and juices, prime Aberdeen Angus beef, fresh Blakeney fish and seafood or artisan breads and pastries, you can celebrate county life through the best of Norfolk food."

The Hempton Bell and the Wensum Lodge Hotel will also be selling Pond Hopper beer, brewed specially for the day from Norfolk, Virginia, in the USA.

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