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 Countdown to Bikewise is on!


​DURHAM'S biker cops are gearing up to celebrate the 25th annual Bikewise. 

The annual event is hosted by Durham Constabulary and will take place from 10am to 5pm on Sunday, July 21 at the force’s headquarters at Aykley Heads.

Having started in 1995, the event has grown to become one of the North-East’s biggest motorcycle focused family fun days, and this year promises to be one of the best yet. 

To celebrate the milestone, Triumph collector Dick Shepherd will be showcasing for the first time the T100R that won the celebrated 1966 race at the Daytona International Speedway when Buddy Elmore came from a seemingly impossible 56th place to take the chequered flag. There will also be some other memorable Triumphs from Dick’s collection on show.

Darlington’s very own Dave Coates will once again be showing off his skills on the new Yamaha MT10 and Nitro Circus’ Jamie Squibb will be amazing visitors with his jaw dropping freestyle moto X displays.

The BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be running throughout the day showcasing our region’s future stars on two wheels and as always there will be a variety of custom and classic bikes on display.

Some of the force’s police dogs will perform a special show for visitors, while specialist officers will be showcasing some of the force’s firearms. 

The Mini Police will also be on hand to give out wristbands to keep youngsters safe and there will be a funfair and various stalls.

Chief Constable Jo Farrell said: “Bikewise has become a tremendous success over the years and has helped our efforts to improve road safety.

“To see it celebrating its 25th anniversary this year really is testament to the hard work of the organisers who pull out all the stops to put on this fantastic event year after year.

“We’re really looking forward to welcoming everyone to this year’s event and hope everyone has a fantastic day celebrating this milestone with us.”

Parking for motorcycles is the same as in previous years, at police HQ.

Cars can be parked at County Hall, which is only a few minutes’ walk from the site, or alternatively at Sniperly Park and Ride. Disabled parking is at the Rivergreen Centre, near HQ.

Entry is £2 for adults and children under 16 go free.