71-year-old biker’s plan for Cromer festival of 1,000 bikes in June

The 1,000-bike Cromer festival is the idea of Arthur Bailey, seen here with his bike. Picture: Suppl

The 1,000-bike Cromer festival is the idea of Arthur Bailey, seen here with his bike. Picture: Supplied by Arthur Bailey - Credit: Archant

Cromer won't have seen anything like it since the days of Mods and Rockers in the '60s - but without the aggro.

About 1000 motorbikes are set to descend on the seafront in June with the arrival of a major new festival in the town.

It's the idea of life-long biker Arthur Bailey, who is the president of Sheringham & Cromer Lions Club.

He's looking for trade stands and a major sponsor for the event, and aims to raise £10,000 for Prostate Cancer UK, plus other money for other local charities and good causes.

He said: 'It will be held as a ride-out for, hopefully, several thousand motorcyclists, including scooters and trikes.

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'I am an aged 'Rocker' myself, having had a motorbike for most of my life, and still ride, now I am 71.

'I wanted to find something that could raise a lot of money for my chosen charity, and thought about this idea when I saw how many people attended the very popular Harley Davidson weekend in Sheringham, and then last year, a bike meet in King's Lynn attracted over 600 bikes.

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'I thought that Cromer seems to lack some of the special events that Sheringham has, with the '40s weekend, the Potty Morris weekend and others.'

He discussed the idea with town mayor Tim Adams, who is an honorary member of the lions club, who was fully supportive, he said.

He added: 'Motorcyclists are no longer the troublemakers of the swinging sixties, with Hells' Angels and Mods & Rockers.

'Instead, they now hold many such events to raise funds for many different charitable events, and the bikers come together to talk bikes and rides, and just enjoy other machines.

'We will be holding a rock concert on the Saturday night, with two excellent local bands, The Forge and Scream Serenity, from Lowestoft.

'We are looking for trade stands and there will be assorted outdoor catering and a licensed bar.

'I am hoping to find a company who would be willing to act as a sponsor for this major event, as I have set myself a target of £10,000 profit for Prostate Cancer UK, and local charities and good causes.'

It will be held on the weekend of June 10/11. If you can help and for more information, call Mr Bailey on 07717 533549.

What extraordinary event are you bringing to north Norfolk this summer? Email david.bale2@archant.co.u

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