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►  Photos:  Midge Biters rally


Well over 100 bikers descended on Stornoway for a motorcycle rally at the weekend.


Enthusiasts travelled from as far afield as the south of England to take part in the Midge Biters run to Leverburgh on Saturday.


On the return route, many detoured for a run around the west side of Lewis, taking in the Callanish Stones.


Nearly £3500 was donated to charity from last summer’s inaugural rally and organisers hope to raise a sizeable amount for Crossroads which is this year’s nominated cause.


 Louis Morrison of the organising committee said: “There were 105 bikes, two quads and a trike on the ride-out - that’s not a bad turnout for what isn’t the most pleasant weather.


“Half the bikers are from the mainland and they enjoyed it so much they want to come back next year.”


Mr Morrison praised the generosity of the island community and local businesses which helped stage the event and raise cash for a good cause.


“Everything is for charity. Everyone has been so helpful. Everything went smoothly, better than we hoped.”


Music bands played for free while shops donated food and raffle prizes.


The Stornoway Trust cleared land for a campsite for bikers and Stornoway police were thanked for their “outstanding” support.


Meanwhile, at the event base in Stornoway Golf Club, a number of bikers had a whip-round for junior golfers fundraising for mainland competition.


►  Photos:  Midge Biters rally



Over 100 bikers take part in motorcycle rally

18 June 2017