Market area is a perfect place for bikers

Motorcycle riders at a recent Morpeth Thursday Bike Meet in the Market Place.
Motorcycle riders at a recent Morpeth Thursday Bike Meet in the Market Place.
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An eye-catching weekly addition to Morpeth Market Place is growing in number.

Motorcycle riders from different parts of Northumberland, and a few from even further afield, are attending the Morpeth Thursday Bike Meet, which starts at 6pm.

The man who started the group a few months ago, Anthony Simm, is pleased with the response so far from town residents and businesses.

The Sambuca restaurant on the Market Place has a tea and coffee deal with the bikers and the people running Peppermint Tearoom in Newgate Street have come along to some of the meets with cakes and biscuits.

Mr Simm said: “I thought the Market Place would be a good venue to bring bikers together to socialise and after getting positive feedback from motorcycle riders that I knew, I decided to start the group and set up a Facebook page.

“I sorted out the details with Northumberland County Council and there was a good turnout for the first couple of meets.

“It has been growing with popularity ever since and my aim to fill the Market Place with motorbikes is now being achieved every week. It’s great to meet new people and we’re starting to organise trips out.

“We’ve had a very positive reaction from the Morpeth public.

“There have been a lot of good comments on the Morpeth Matters page, many of the kids who walk past take photographs of the bikes and we’ve even had a few elderly residents come up to us to compliment our bikes and tell us the makes of motorbikes they had when they were younger.

“Our presence is also good for businesses in Morpeth that are open in the early evening.”

At one of the meets, wristbands were sold to raise money for the Northumbria Blood Bikes charity. Mr Simm thanked the manager at Sambuca for buying a wristband for all of his staff as well as himself.

For more information about the group, search for Morpeth Thursday Bike Meet on Facebook.