Town gears up for bike show

Support for the Wheelie Good Bike Show in Newton Stewart was massive as people flooded the main street. ESGG3018
Support for the Wheelie Good Bike Show in Newton Stewart was massive as people flooded the main street. ESGG3018

This year’s Wheelie Good Bike Show in Newton Stewart will take place on Sunday, August 4.

More than 300 bikers are expected to pour into the town on that day, with hundreds of other visitors thronging the streets.

The annual event, organised by the Rotary Club of Newton Stewart, has fast become one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the local calendar.

And local businesses are being invited to join in and make the most of the show by having a stall at the event.

It is a real feather in the cap of the local Rotary Club, which is also seeking new members to help maintain its good work in supporting initiatives such as the Wheelie Good Bike Show.

It was four years ago that that a stranger walked into the Bruce Hotel and approached members of the Rotary Club to ask for help running a street motorbike show.

He approached the right group: on August 4, the Rotary Club of Newton Stewart will be stewarding the third of these shows with more than 300 motorbikes expected to ride into town and create a fantastic spectacle.

As members of the Rotary Club were visiting schools all over the Machars, and presenting the leavers with dictionaries, the recently installed president for 2013/4, Mike Binks, was telling recounting the origins of the WGBS to the pupils at Whithorn Primary.

Mike explained to the pupils that the Rotary Club wanted them to grow up to be people who could respond to requests such as somebody asking for help running an event with confidence and knowledge and that the dictionaries were being given as an encouragement to grasp the opportunity of going to the “big school” and eventually become leaders in their community.

Mike told the Gazette that arrangements for this year’s Wheelie Good Bike Show were well in hand. He said bookings from the riders were already up from this time last year and local businesses were being contacted to warn them of a surge in trade that day.

He added that there are still spaces for local producers and crafts people to take stalls and benefit from the influx of friendly visitors who will be coming into Newton Stewart and hoping to buy something of interest to take away. Anyone who wants to take a stall at the show should contact Rotarian Sara Matchett at saram@talktalk.net.

For many years the Rotary Club had a supply of new members, often from those leaving youth or young adult groups. However, in the 1990s this supply of members seemed to dry up and the age profile of the club has continued to rise. Newton Stewart Rotary Club is still made up of a lot of “can do” people but it would really like to add more people to its ranks.

The club is open to both men and women. It meets weekly and runs a number of community activities in the area. If your life could do with a bit of excitement why not give Rotary a try? Just contact the club secretary on 01671 403464.