‘Counting the minutes’ for the Harley festival

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BRAVO Brechin’s Harley Davidson in the City event has been revamped as the Harley Davidson in the City Festival.

The event, which is being held for the fifth year, now takes place over three days, with BRAVO Brechin teaming up with the former Brechin Music Fest team to host the event.

The weekend of events kicks off in style with Flicks revival night at the City Hall, with the doors opening at 8pm. The night of music and dancing is being headlined by the 80s and 90s pop sensation Sonia, whose best known numbers included ‘You’ll never stop me from loving you’, ‘Counting Every Minute’ and ‘Better the Devil you Know’.

Graeme Strachan, one of the organisers behind the event, said: “Brechin normally doesn’t get big people like this. Since we started the Flicks revival we have tried to make it like Flicks as much as we can. Sonia played twice at Flicks during the 1990s.”

On Saturday, events start at 10.30am with stalls and amusements plus motor cycle related stalls in Clerk Street. There will also be a craft area and charity collection for a defibrillator in the Swan Car Park.

The popular water slide returns this year, and will be back in place down City Road from 11am to 4.30pm. The Ride Out will set off from Brechin Castle at 12pm and come back through the town heading for Edzell then Forfar and back to Brechin via Aberlemno with the anticipated time of arrival back in town at 2pm. The bikes will then park up in Swan Street and be available for the public to view.

BRAVO Chairman Donald Macintyre said: “For those of you wishing to view the ride out outwith Brechin we suggest watching on the Edzell straight, Memus, on Market Street/Station Road, Forfar.

From there the ride out heads back into the country for the last lap back to Brechin, so watching the bikes come over Angus Hill is also a spectacular location.

Listening for the bikes coming into and through Brechin at both the start and finish of the ride out is also amazing, the roar of the engines as they travel through the streets echoes for miles around.”

Bikers are coming from up to 600 miles away for the event, and a campsite has been arranged at the public park.

A stage will be set up on Panmure Street, with Beattie Dancers kicking off the entertainment at 11am, followed by a range of events which will be headlined by Fubar.

Donald added: “The programme of stage events goes on continually until 6pm with FUBAR taking to the stage to provide the final two hours of fantastic music.

“We have a licensed area set out in Panmure street which is a first for the event.”

On Sunday, Clerk Street will play host to stalls and amusements from 12 to 5pm, and more live music has been lined up on stage, with BEDROCK playing from 1 to 4pm.