Excitement builds for Brechin's Harley Davidson festival

Harley Davidson enthusiasts from all over Britain are expected in Brechin today for a festival celebrating the Angus link to the motorcycle company.

However, cameras from BBC’s The One Show will not be capturing all the excitement as they pulled out of filming a report from the festival.

The grandparents of the Davidsons who co-founded Harley Davidson lived at Netherton of Aberlemno, only a few miles from Brechin.

Bikers will hold a ride out from Brechin Castle at noon today on a 40-mile route that will take in Edzell, Memus and Forfar before travelling on to Aberlemno and the Davidson cottage.

There will be a variety of attractions in the town’s High Street including a fun fair, live music and stalls.

Brechin Town House Museum will stage a children’s disco with an 80s theme to remember the Flicks nightclub from 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

Organiser Bill Sturrock said: “This year we have attracted a bumper level of traders coming from as far away as Cornwall and Ireland. We also have a wide selection of food vendors catering to all tastes.

“There is a funfair for kids and a disco for children in the Town House Museum in the afternoon.

“We have a guy who is coming from Penzance on his Harley for the festival and we have a couple of guys flying from America who are hiring bikes in Edinburgh to do the event. It is on their bucket list apparently.”

In anticipation of thousands of visitors, a park and ride scheme has been set up with the Caledonian Railway at Bridge of Dun.

Angus Transport Group is providing a free bus link from Montrose Railway Station to Bridge of Dun.

“We are expecting the town to be very busy and that is why we have done the park and ride. We have provision for 800 vehicles in the town but we are expecting a lot more,” Bill added.

“I would encourage folk to come along. You will see a massive selection of Harleys and other makes of bikes. We have a display in the City Hall of classic bikes.

“There are all sorts of things on the go to please everyone. It is a real family day out. It’s not just for bike enthusiasts.”

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