Big bikes and loud pipes at au­tumn gala

The Tribune (NZ) - - OUT & ABOUT - RICHARD MAYS

The bikes and pipes will be ‘call­ing’ at St Peter’s Church in the Palmer­ston North sub­urb of Ter­race End on Satur­day.

Along with the usual stalls, crafts and ac­tiv­i­ties, the St Peter’s Au­tumn Food & Fun Fair has at­tracted bik­ers from the Manawatu branch of the Ulysses Mo­tor­cy­cle Club, along with a band of pipers, and a pipe or­gan player to keep the crowds en­ter­tained.

While there won’t be any joyrides, the big Ulysses tour­ing bikes will pro­vide talk­ing points and selfie op­por­tu­ni­ties out­side in the car park from 9am to about 10.30am.

The club’s Mur­ray Cross will be bring­ing his 1990 1300cc V-4 Yamaha Ven­ture Royale, with its match­ing tour­ing trailer ca­pa­ble of com­fort­ably stow­ing and tow­ing 50-kilo­grams of lug­gage.

Cross said while the club was open to over-40s bik­ers, and there was no re­stric­tion on make or size of bike, the two-wheeled car park dis­play would be of the larger cu­bic ca­pac­ity ve­hi­cles.

‘‘We’re hop­ing for eight bikes. The Ulysses Club is not brand spe­cific so there could be sev­eral dif­fer­ent makes. One of the rid­ers is also a mem­ber of the Gold­wing club, so a cou­ple of Gold­wings could also turn up.’’

He said the 70-strong lo­cal Ulysses club even boasted mem­bers who were in their 80s and 90s.

Sec­re­tary Tr­ish Bruce said Ulysses mem­ber­ship em­pha­sised safe and re­spon­si­ble rid­ing, and it was one of the first clubs to pro­mote the wear­ing of hi-vis vests and cloth­ing.

The lo­cal branch of the in­ter- na­tion­ally af­fil­i­ated club meets ev­ery sec­ond Tues­day of the month at the Bun­nythorpe Tav­ern.

With the big bikes pro­vid­ing an ex­ter­nal fo­cus, in­side the church, well-known lo­cal or­gan­ist Robert Cleaver will be pulling out the stops on the pipe or­gan.

Known for his eclec­tic reper­toire and his abil­ity to make the in­stru­ment sound like a Wurl­itzer, Cleaver would be pro­vid­ing an en­ter­tain­ing pro­gramme for fair-go­ers and or­gan en­thu­si­asts.

Con­venor Alyson Chan­dler said the Manawatu & Dis­tricts Pipe Band will be play­ing out­side, and when Cleaver takes a break, the pipers and drum­mers could in­vade the church nave for a set.

A fur­ther fea­ture of Satur­day’s fair will be the chance to sam­ple Indian and East Asian cui­sine and freshly siz­zled gourmet sausages.

Mur­ray Cross of the Ulysses Mo­tor Cy­cle Club aboard his 1300cc Yamaha.

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