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Derry bikers have plenty to roar about this weekend

Last year's 'Roaring Meg' Bike Festival on Derry's Walls. It's expected even more motorcyles will be on show this year.

Last year's 'Roaring Meg' Bike Festival on Derry's Walls. It's expected even more motorcyles will be on show this year.

 

This year, for the first time ever, the annual ‘Roaring Meg’ Bike Festival will be spread over two days.

This year’s showpiece will commence with the arrival of up to 100 bikers at the Gasyard Centre on Friday evening where they will be greeted by Mayor of Derry, Councillor Brenda Stevenson.

“We are really excited about this year’s festival. It’s the first time we have held ‘Roaring Meg’ over two days,” said co-ordinator Linda McKinney.

“The Quay Vipers [a bikers club from Antrim] are driving all over the North and they will be rolling into the Gasyard on Friday - they are spending the night in Derry and will take part in the main festival on Saturday.”

Community Engagement Officer at the Gasyard said the best part of any ‘Roaring Meg’ Bike Festival is its focus on family fun.

“We have well known band ‘Mean Bone’ playing and there will be face painting and plenty of family fun - there really will be something for everyone.

“There’ll also be bike competitions as well. It’s a really good event and it wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the generosity and hard work of the biker and scooter clubs in Derry,” said Danielle.

‘The Roaring Meg’ Bike Festival commences on Friday at 4.30pm at the Gasyard Centre and runs until 6pm. The festival’s main events will take place on Derry’s Walls near the double bastion (over looking the Bogside and Long Tower) from 12pm to 5pm.

All of the money raised at this year’s festival will be donated to the local branch of Barnardo’s and to the family of two year-old Charley Ward who suffers from Epidermolysis Bullosa (E.B.).

For more information on this year’s ‘Roaring Meg’ Bike Festival contact Linda or Danielle on 028 7126 2812.

 

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