Hundreds of vintage motorbikes will roar through Northampton town center for the annual fundraising event

A horde of motorbikes are expected to drive through Northampton this week in aid of the Cynthia Spencer Trust.

The Northants V Twins April Fools Run, in memory of former Mayor Terry Wire, will take place on Saturday April 30 and will see a procession of vintage motorbikes rolling from Sixfields Stadium to Abington Street.

About 200 Harley-Davidson and Buell motorcycles are expected to take part in the event, which has not been able to take place for the past two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Harley Run to benefit Cynthia Spencer Hospice in 2016. (L to R) Anne Plater, Spencer, Fran Wire, John Helm and Dave Baringer.

Northants V Twins spokesperson Julie Barringer said: “We are all delighted with this event. We’ve missed it for the past two years, so this year is really special for all of us, drivers and hopefully spectators.

“This event has always been hugely popular, it’s usually the first big event on the biker calendar, so there’s a fantastic atmosphere for all of us after a long winter.”

After the procession, members of the public will be welcomed into the Northants V Twin business in Stenson Street, where there will be refreshments and a raffle to raise funds for Cynthia Spencer Hospice.

Ms Barringer continued: “The excitement and delight shown by the public as we travel down the road to the city fills us with so much pride and happiness.

“So all of that, and the fact that we’re raising money to help the fabulous and deserving Cynthia Spencer, makes it a really special and amazing day. We can’t wait.”

Former mayor and firefighter Terry Wire established the April Fools Harley Davidson Run in 2003 and raised nearly £30,000 for Cynthia Spencer Hospice through the event over the next decade.

Terry passed away in 2014, spending his last days in the hospice he helped raise so much money for.

The motorcycle race has since been held in his memory every year in April.

Those wishing to attend the event are asked to make their way to the Sixfields Stadium car park between 9.30am and 10am on Saturday 30 April.

The public will then be able to meet the runners in Abington Street until 1 p.m.

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