Durham plays host to Bikewise family fun day

Police dog Kaizer poses on a police motorbike.
Police dog Kaizer poses on a police motorbike.
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Motorcycle enthusiasts are revving up for one of the biggest events in the North East bikers' calendar.

BikeWise is back and this year it is bigger and better than ever.

The event, which has become one of the region's biggest family fun days, takes place at Durham Constabulary’s HQ this Sunday, July 24.

Among the many attractions will be Darlington-based stunt rider Dave Coates and Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness.

Freestyle motocross rider Jamie Squibb will showcase his death-defying stunts, while mountain bike display riders 3SIXTY will wow the crowds with their technical ability.

Durham police's interceptors are set to meet their many fans, and its dogs are preparing to entertain the crowds.

Scotland’s premier tribal band Clann An Drumma will provide a lively soundtrack, and there will be a funfair and various stalls.

Durham's Chief Constable Mike Barton said: “BikeWise really has something for everyone - it’s not just for biking enthusiasts

“It has grown into a bumper family event, and I hope everyone enjoys this year’s spectacular line-up.”

The ever-popular event starts at 10am and admission has been kept at the same fee several years running - £2 for adults, and free for under-16s.

Cars can be parked at County Hall, which is only a few minutes' walk from the site, and there is free bus transport available from the Park and Ride at Sniperley (DH1 5RA).

For more details visit www.bikewise.org.uk and follow the links.