Club seeks mo­tor­bike en­thu­si­asts

The Galloway News - - VOICE OF THE PEOPLE -

A re­cently re­formed mo­tor­cy­cle club is ap­peal­ing for mem­bers in its his­toric heart­land.

The Gal­loway Mo­tor­cy­cle Club was re­launched ear­lier this year, hav­ing pre­vi­ously run from 1932 un­til 2011.

And while they have more than 80 mem­bers, they are keen to get more in the Ste­wartry.

Club sec­re­tary Wul­lie Brown said: “We have 86 mem­bers which we’re ab­so­lutely over the moon at.

“How­ever, they are mainly from places like Thorn­hill and Dum­fries and we’re look­ing to get more mem­bers from Gal­loway, which is the heart­land of the club.

“When the club was formed it was the only one in Gal­loway up un­til the late 1970s when a Rhins club was formed in Stran­raer, but peo­ple re­mained a mem­ber of the Gal­loway club, they didn’t move away.

“Ide­ally, we’d like to spread and get mem­bers right across to Stran­raer as there are mo­tor­bike en­thu­si­asts ev­ery­where.”

The club caters for all as­pects of mo­tor­cy­cling and was re­formed af­ter the Scot­tish Clas­sic Grand Na­tional Scram­ble at Drum­lan­rig proved suc­cess­ful, as did a so­cial evening in Thorn­hill in March.

To­mor­row evening they are hold­ing a pie and a pint so­cial at Sul­wath Brew­ery in Cas­tle Dou­glas to mark the launch of a new beer.

That will be fol­lowed by the club’s first road trip on Sun­day, leav­ing from Mar­ket Hill in Cas­tle Dou­glas at 10am.

Wul­lie added: “Our most iconic scram­bling track was at Airds at Cross­michael so on Fri­day night we are launch­ing an Airds brew at Sul­wath Brew­ery. Old mem­bers are wel­come to come along as are new mem­bers in­ter­ested in join­ing.

“At the Thorn­hill event we had Ed­die Gra­ham from Grierson and Gra­ham who used to have a mo­tor­bike shop in Dum­fries and spon­sored lots of rid­ers. We also had Dou­glas An­der­son from An­der­son Kilts who was a no­table scram­bler and we’ll hope­fully be able to get sim­i­lar folk from Gal­loway.”

Ev­ery­one is wel­come to at­tend the so­cial night to­mor­row, which runs from 6pm un­til 10pm where de­tails will be avail­able about this year’s Scot­tish Clas­sic Grand Na­tional Scram­ble at Drum­lan­rig on July 14 and 15.

And there will be the chance to sign up for the road trip, which will cover just un­der 140 miles and travel through the Glenkens and around the coast. Peo­ple will also be to sign up on Sun­day from 9am with the run leav­ing at 10am. For fur­ther de­tails visit www.gal­lowaymcc.com.

En­joy your very own hol­i­day home on the edge of the lake dis­trict where you can put the stress of work and home life be­hind you. Scout Cragg Hol­i­day Park, Near Sil­verdale, Lan­cashire, LA5 9RY

Bike fans Fraser Dykes and Wul­lie Brown of the Gal­loway Mo­tor­cy­cle Club

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