Hundreds of Harley motorbikes roar into Northampton for yearly fundraising event

Harley Run in aid of Cynthia Spencer hospice. NNL-161004-143346009
Harley Run in aid of Cynthia Spencer hospice. NNL-161004-143346009

Nearly 200 Harley Davidson and Buell motorbikes rolled into Northampton town centre as part of a yearly event to raise money for Cynthia Spencer Hospice.

The 13th April Fools Harley Run, in memory of former mayor Terry Wire, saw a procession of the vintage bikes roar from Sixfields Stadium car park to Abington Street in Saturday, taking in Gold Street and Mercers Row on its way into town.

Harley Run in aid of Cynthia Spencer hospice. NNL-161004-143358009

Harley Run in aid of Cynthia Spencer hospice. NNL-161004-143358009

Once in town riders held a collection for Cynthia Spencer Hospice on Kettering Road.

A barbecue and raffle held later in the evening helped to swell the day’s fundraising total to just over £2,500.

Councillor Wire’s wife Fran, who now organises the event alongside Stenson Street based Harley and Buell specialists Northants V-Twin, said it was a successful day.

She said: “It was fantastic, lots of people were standing at the top of All Saints and by Gold Street to see us come past.

Harley Run in aid of Cynthia Spencer hospice. NNL-161004-143522009

Harley Run in aid of Cynthia Spencer hospice. NNL-161004-143522009

“I hope Terry was looking down on us.”

Former firefighter Terry Wire first began organising the April Fools Harley Davidson Run in 2003, and raised almost £30,000 for Cynthia Spencer Hospice through the event over the next decade.

He died in 2014, spending his final days at the hospice he had raised so much money for.

Wife Fran, who lived with Terry in Duston, extended her thanks to Northampton Town Football Club, Northampton Borough Council and the county council for allowing the yearly parade to continue.

Harley Run in aid of Cynthia Spencer hospice.
L-R Anna Heywood and Inspector Nick White NNL-161004-143459009

Harley Run in aid of Cynthia Spencer hospice. L-R Anna Heywood and Inspector Nick White NNL-161004-143459009

Harley Run in aid of Cynthia Spencer hospice. NNL-161004-143423009

Harley Run in aid of Cynthia Spencer hospice. NNL-161004-143423009

Harley Run in aid of Cynthia Spencer hospice. NNL-161004-143411009

Harley Run in aid of Cynthia Spencer hospice. NNL-161004-143411009

Harley Run in aid of Cynthia Spencer hospice. NNL-161004-143358009

Harley Run in aid of Cynthia Spencer hospice. NNL-161004-143358009

Harley Run in aid of Cynthia Spencer hospice. NNL-161004-143333009

Harley Run in aid of Cynthia Spencer hospice. NNL-161004-143333009

Harley Run in aid of Cynthia Spencer hospice. NNL-161004-143258009

Harley Run in aid of Cynthia Spencer hospice. NNL-161004-143258009

Harley Run in aid of Cynthia Spencer hospice. NNL-161004-143322009

Harley Run in aid of Cynthia Spencer hospice. NNL-161004-143322009

Harley Run in aid of Cynthia Spencer hospice. NNL-161004-143310009

Harley Run in aid of Cynthia Spencer hospice. NNL-161004-143310009