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Harleys roar through Norfolk for annual rally

PUBLISHED: 12:25 31 July 2016 | UPDATED: 08:53 01 August 2016

The Harley Davidson Rally leaves on its way through Fakenham Town Centre. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The Harley Davidson Rally leaves on its way through Fakenham Town Centre. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Archant Norfolk 2016

Hundreds of people came out in Norfolk towns and villages to enjoy the spectacular sights and sounds of world class Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

The Fenlanders Chapter of the Harley-Davidson Owners Group (HOG) has been camped at Fakenham Racecourse since Thursday for their annual Norfolk rally, which took place on Saturday.

More than 400 motorcycles rode from Fakenham, through Barsham, Houghton St Giles, Walsingham, Warham, the Holkham Estate, Wells and along the seafront to Sheringham for a show and shine party.

The Fenlanders Chapter of HOG has been coming to Fakenham for more than 20 years and, for the first time, members gathered in Fakenham Market Place to show off their pride and joy.

The rally was organised by Fenlanders Harley-Davidson chapter alongside Lind Harley-Davidson. The early morning gathering in Fakenham was sponsored by Gallery Bistro and Papworth’s Butchers,

Liam O’Sullivan, owner of Gallery Bistro, said: “It’s ben a fantastic day for Fakenham and the turnout has been really impressive.

“It goes to show that having an event like this in Fakenham does draw a crowd and is very positive for the town.

“This is definitely something we can build on for next year.”

Later that day the two-mile convoy of Harley-Davidsons roared into Sheringham.

The spectacle has been a highlight of Sheringham carnival programme since it was first held in 2010.

Organiser Graham Deans said the ride-out, which had started with a group of less than 50 riders, had grown to include up to 500 Harley owners from as far afield as Essex and Suffolk.

High winds and water-logged roads last year meant rider numbers were down by half, but the ‘invasion’ was bigger than ever this year, with those turning out to watch packing the pavements from the top to the bottom of the town.

“I think the attraction is that no two Harleys are the same,” Mr Deans added. “They are bespoke, they’re kept in immaculate condition and the sound of their engines is just spectacular.”

Are you organising an event in your home town or village? E mail adam.lazzari@archant.co.uk

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