22 May 2024

Hornsea Biker Event cancelled due to ‘ill health’

This year’s Hornsea Biker Event has been cancelled, the organisers have announced.

The Hornsea Foundation, which organises the event in Hall Garth Park every August, said it would no longer go ahead because of ill health.

All of the charity’s other events this year, including the music weekend at the end of May, and the classic car show in July, have also been cancelled.

In a statement, the charity said: “Unfortunately due to ill health, the Hornsea Biker Event and all Hornsea Foundation events for 2024 will not be going ahead.

“We would like to thank everyone who has supported our events from the public to volunteers and our sponsors, especially Longbeach Leisure Park for the support we have received.

“It is with great regret we let everyone down this year and it’s not a decision that has been taken lightly. We hope to reschedule for next year.”

The Biker Event began in 2015, and has since become a firm fixture in the town’s summer events calendar, attracting thousands of people to Hall Garth Park. The opening convoy of scores of motorbikes roaring into Hornsea has proved to be a popular spectacle with crowds lining the streets.

In January, the charity warned that it faced a funding shortfall, and that its chairman, Sid Tracey, had suffered sight loss but was still “passionate” about keeping the event going.

Trustee Alan Cusworth told the Gazette at the time: “It’s a huge community event, and volunteers are a huge part of us being able to make it happen. Even though Sid has lost his sight, he’s keen to see it through.

“Last year’s bucket collections were low. None of the trustees want to see an end to the Biker Event.”