Loss of motorcycle event a ‘major blow’

The Quay Vipers Club drew bikers from across Europe for the annual rally at Benone...but not this year. 2003SJ55
The Quay Vipers Club drew bikers from across Europe for the annual rally at Benone...but not this year. 2003SJ55

A Limavady councillor says the loss of an annual motorcycle event in the borough is a “major blow” to the Roe Valley.

The SDLP’s Gerry Mullan made the comment after it was revealed the Quay Vipers Motorcycle Club event won’t be making an appearance in the area this year. The event brings crowds, up to several thousand, from throughout the UK to the borough’s award winning Blue Flag Benone beach.

“This brought a lot of money into the borough and we need to do everything we can to get it back to the borough next year,” Colr. Mullan said at Council’s Development Services meeting last Tuesday. “It’s a significant event which brings significant money into the borough. We should pull out all the stops to get it back.”

Director of Development Services, Valerie Richmond believed the issues centred around cost and timing.

“I think overall cost was one of the biggest factors in them coming across,” she said.

Colr. Mullan suggested the Club be contacted to see if the issues could be ironed out “because it seems to be a loss to the Borough”.

“In terms of retailers, we need to be bending over backwards getting them back,” he added.