Hundreds of Harley motorbikes roar into Northampton for yearly fundraising event

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.

Tuesday, 12th April 2016, 1:05 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th April 2016, 1:12 pm
Harley Run in aid of Cynthia Spencer hospice. NNL-161004-143346009

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.

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.

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

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.

“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.

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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. NNL-161004-143423009
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-161004-143333009
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-161004-143310009
Harley Run in aid of Cynthia Spencer hospice. L-R Anne Plater, Spencer, Fran Wire, John Helm and Dave Baringer NNL-161004-143435009
Harley Run in aid of Cynthia Spencer hospice. Harrison May and Maggie NNL-161004-143511009
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-161004-143447009
Harley Run in aid of Cynthia Spencer hospice. NNL-161004-143358009
Harley Run in aid of Cynthia Spencer hospice. NNL-161004-143522009
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-161004-143411009
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-161004-143258009
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. L-R Anne Plater, Spencer, Fran Wire, John Helm and Dave Baringer NNL-161004-143435009
Harley Run in aid of Cynthia Spencer hospice. Harrison May and Maggie NNL-161004-143511009
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-161004-143447009