Wheelie Good Bike Show comes to town this weekend

The Rotary Club in Newton Stewart is completing the final preparations for the enhanced Wheelie Good Bike Show on Sunday.

The event has been planned to support the summer festivities in Newton Stewart and provide opportunities for local voluntary organisations to raise funds and to support Rotary and the “Riders” charity of supplying motorcycle ambulances for Africa.

The Riverside Road and main carpark will display a collection of bikes, both classic and new, of all types, sizes, colours and shapes, parked in the street and with the proud owner nearby to talk about anything bike! A good day out for all the family is on the cards- whether the sunshine is visible or in liquid form as we have become used to this year. Expectations are high with entertainment starting at10am for children, lots of local community stalls, barbecue, refreshments and Rotary will Rock in the car park when a Bruce Springsteen tribute band called The Rising will be performing on a festival type stage throughout the day.

There will be activities to engage everyone.

In preparation, bikers taking part in the ride-in will register at Ken Bridge Hotel, New Galloway between 9am and 9.45pm prior to a 10am start for the cruise to Newton Stewart with an eta of 11am.

Entry to the show is by donation at the gates to the car-park and Riverside Road. All that the organisers ask is that visitors donate generously to raise money for the charities to benefit from the show.

Riders for Health is a charity with bikes very much in mind.

Its work takes place mainly in sub-Saharan Africa, in countries such as Tanzania, Nigeria and Kenya, where large numbers of the population live isolated lives, hours away from hospitals, medicines, even a doctor, where diseases which we barely consider an illness kill every day. Riders for Health trains local people to manage reliable and cost- effective vehicles to transport medical teams and supplies around the region, keeping vehicles in top condition. Further information can be found at www.riders.org.

Local charities will also benefit from the bike show either through Rotary or from their own stalls.

Timetable; 9am – 10.00m Ride-in Registration Ken Bridge Hotel. 10am –The Riverside Car Park area opens 11am – Ride-in through the town, out towards the A75 returning and entering Riverside Road via the clock tower; musical entertainment and refreshments begin. 11am – Bikes and trikes on show. 4pm – WGBS raffle prize draw numbers. 5.30pm – Musical entertainment and stalls draw to a close.

More information on the homepage of Newton Stewart Rotary Club or www.wgbs.org