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Thousands of people set to arrive in Fakenham for one of UK’s biggest Harley Davidson rallies

PUBLISHED: 13:32 17 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:32 17 July 2018

Last year's rally was well attended, Picture: Adam Lazzari.

Last year's rally was well attended, Picture: Adam Lazzari.

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Thousands of people are expected to visit Fakenham for the annual Harley Davidson Owner’s Group (HOG) rally next week.

Neil Sturman (left) and Liam O'Sullivan (right) organise the event. Picture: Dan BennettNeil Sturman (left) and Liam O'Sullivan (right) organise the event. Picture: Dan Bennett

Thousands of people are expected to visit Fakenham, Wells and Sheringham for the annual Harley Davidson Owner’s Group (HOG) rally next week.

The Fenlander’s Chapter of HOG has been coming to Fakenham for over 20 years but this will be the third year that they have stopped in the town centre.

Rally road captain Neil Sturman helps organise the celebration and believes this year is likely to be the biggest event they’ve had.

He said: “I’ve never seen as many people in the town as last year and this year is set to be bigger. This event certainly puts Fakenham on the map.

“It has grown and grown over the last 10 years to be one of the biggest events of the HOG rally calendar.”

The event starts on Thursday July 26, with Harley Davidson owners set to assemble at Fakenham Racecourse to enjoy live music.

The first ride out will take place on Friday, July 27 which will tie in with Norfolk Day and will see riders drive around 250 bikes down to Wells. They will join Norfolk Day celebrations at Wells Town Football Club, on Beach Road, from 12pm until 2.30pm.

The biggest rally will begin on Saturday morning with riders parking around 500 bikes in Fakenham town centre between 9am and 10.30am before departing for Sheringham, via the racecourse at 11am.

Mr Sturman added: “We’re going to put music on in Fakenham and it will get very busy down here. Our riders love travelling through Norfolk.”

The event is also supported and organised by Sam Papworth of Papworth’s Butchers and Liam O’Sullivan of the Gallery Bistro.

Mr O’Sullivan said the event is a huge boost for Fakenham and its local businesses: “It’s great for the local community. Local towns need to be doing more things like this for people to enjoy.

“We will also have the farmers market in town so it will be good for them too.”

The bikers are due to arrive at Wells seafront at 11.40am and then go on to Blakeney, arriving at Blakeney Quay at 12pm before arriving in Sheringham for 12.15pm where there will be a town centre celebration. The bikers are due to leave Sheringham at 2.45pm and head back to Fakenham, via Holt, where they are due to be at around 2.55pm.

Last year’s event raised £9,000 for the air ambulance and this year’s celebration will again be raising money for the charity, as well as for the RNLI.

Tickets for the Thursday event at Fakenham racecourse are still available and those wishing to attend can purchase them on the door.

Any bikers wishing to take part in the rides must buy a ticket at Fakenham Racecourse before they set off and riders are not allowed to join the procession along the route, as has been done in previous years.

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