Beach Lawns bike nights on the move?
PUBLISHED: 08:55 07 September 2013
ORGANISERS of the popular Weston Bike Nights want to move them to Princess Royal Square.
For more than 20 weeks of the year, Thursday evenings see hundreds of bikers descend on the Beach Lawns to show off their machines and raise money for charity.
Lyn Lovell, who has run the events for the past three years, said attempts to move it to Princess Royal Square have so far failed to impress North Somerset Council.
She said: “Over the past six years we have attracted over 23,000 bikers, which is quite an achievement. We think the nights do a lot for Weston.
“We feel if we were more in the town centre we could do a lot for tourism.”
She said people come from far and wide to take part in the bike nights and she has spoken to traders who want to see the event get a more central location.
The move would allow the event to grow and the Red Bull Pro National motocross event in May proved the square is capable of hosting it, according to Ms Lovell.
Weston Town Council’s community services’ committee unanimously agreed to support her plans on Monday night and will write a letter to North Somerset.
Cllr Peter Fox said: “I’m a biker and I know they are popular events and they do raise a lot of money.”
The event’s six-year run has seen it raise more than £50,000 for charity and on one night this year 851 bikers attended.
n Pictured: Crowds at one of this year’s bike nights. It was taken by Sally Griffiths and was submitted via www.weston.iwitness24.co.uk.