Shoppers could ‘harley’ believe their eyes when their day out was interrupted by a stream of bikers.
The Harley army swarmed into Doncaster Market Place to the sound of The Boys are back in Town, blaring out from live band The Originals of Chesterfield.
More than 70 mighty machines from all over the region gathered for Saturday’s Rolling Thunder event, organised by Malcolm Godfrey of the Harley Davidson St Leger Chapter in Doncaster.
The day gives the biking enthusiasts a chance to get together while raising cash for a chosen charity – this time the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Among the throng were Graham and Angela Roulstone, of Burringham, who travel all over the world with their Harley. The couple have been married for 37 years and met at a bikers’ club.
“Harleys are a way of life,” said Graham, aged 63. “We love them and brought the kids up with them – we used to have sidecars when they were little. We do like to come to get-togethers...there’s a great atmosphere.”
Bikers brought their shiny machines from all over the north, with a particularly good showing from Riverside Low riders from Hull.
Bill and Kim Singleton, from Hull, make the trip every year.
Bill, 57, said: “It’s good to see everyone at functions like this and it’s a promotion for the bikes. Some of us will go on to Cleethorpes after this and make a real day of it. You find that most people who come are around my age – 57 is about average for a Harley rider I’d say.”
Roger Coulson, 59, of Malton, North Yorkshire, was with Mexborough friend and rider Bob Cusack, 57, and said: “I come every year for the camaraderie and we always get a good crowd. Everyone enjoys it. There are trade stands to look around and Doncaster’s a good market to visit anyway.”
Rolling Thunder is just one event celebrated by Harley Davidson riders throughout the year.
As there is no longer a Doncaster Harley Davidson dealership the St Leger Chapter are now affiliated to a Leeds dealership and operate on both a local and regional level.