Harley Davidson bikers join April Fools Run in memory of Northampton councillor

Many took part in the Harley Davidson April Fools run in memory of Terry Wire
Many took part in the Harley Davidson April Fools run in memory of Terry Wire

Nearly 200 Harley Davidson motorbikes roared into Northampton’s Market Square this weekend at the end of the annual charity April Fools Run.

It was the first time the event took place without its founder Councillor Terry Wire, who died weeks after last year’s events after losing his own battle with cancer aged 73.

Over the last 12 years, the run has raised thousands of pounds for Cynthia Spencer Hospice.

Jayne Hill, hospice fundraiser, said: “It was an absolutely brilliant day, and a lot of people came and rode in memory of Terry.

“We started with about 180 bikes leaving Sixfields and more joined along the way. There were about 200 by the time we got to Market Square.”

It was also the first time that the run finished in Market Square rather than Abington Street, which was reopened to cars last year.

Ms Hill said: “It was a bit of a squeeze to get everyone in, but it was still a fantastic sound and sight.

“We are not sure yet whether the event will still be organised next year, but Terry’s wife Fran was happy to be on board this year - I heard she even turned up in Market Square literally on board one of the bikes themselves.

“We’d also like to thank Dave Barringer from Northants V-Twin for his support on the day.”

Money raised by events such as the April Fools Harley Davidson Run funds key work done by the hospice for people dealing with terminal illness.

“We are currently focussing on expanding our hospice-to-home service, so nurses can visit people who prefer to spend their last few weeks and days in their own homes.

For more information visit www.cynthiaspencer.org.uk