Year in Review: May

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A thousand leather-clad bikers rolled into Spilsby amid glorious sunshine to enjoy the town’s biggest and best bike night yet.

Peter and Lisa McDowall’s fifth annual event was hailed unanimously as a roaring success for Spilsby, its visitors and the Air Ambulance charity, which benefited from hundreds of generous donations.

Originally a low-key gathering for a few motorcycle enthusiasts, Spilsby Bike Night has flourished into a highlight of the calendar for visitors after its reputation spread among the biking fraternity.

AE Wildmans owner Peter speaking at the time, said: “It was absolutely brilliant, the town was full to capacity and several people have told me it was the best one yet.

“People have grown to view Spilsby as a great place for bikers as it’s a nice ride from different areas in the county and has a very sociable scene with everything based around the town centre.”

The deep roar of Harley Davidsons could be heard cruising through the town’s streets, which before long were teaming with all manner of mechanised marvels ranging from trikes and vintage scooters through to modern superbikes and custom built specialities. Spilsby’s charming town centre was attributed as a key factor in the event’s success by visitors and organisers who complimented its layout as being conducive to hosting events of its nature.


An overwhelming charitable effort from friends, family and even complete strangers raised thousands to help a disabled teenager find his independence in a mere matter of weeks.

A series of gruelling endurance challenges, variety shows and charity walks raised an amazing £11,000 to provide Marc Perry with the wheelchair he desperately needed.

Marc’s mother, Jody Mumford was astounded by the phenomenal response in support of her son.

The Burgh teen suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a degenerative muscle wasting disease that leaves him confined to a wheelchair.

Marc had outgrown his previous chair and after issuing an appeal in the Standard, his mother was inundated with generous offers of support.