Hoggin’ the Bridge is now a registered Charity. Collecting tins will be out and about around the town to add to the donations given by the bikers taking part. Last year £17,500 was given away to which was distributed between various local charities and as always we continue to sponsor Meningitis UK. We hope to raise even more this year – if any local organisation wishes to apply for a grant please visit our website www.hogginthebridge.co.uk for more information.
So do come along on Sunday 21st October ... its a fantastic day, spectacular bikes to look at, lively music, most of the shops will be open and you will find a warm welcome in all the pubs and cafes. Its great fun for all the family.
Hoggin’ the Bridge started in the year 2000 when the late Rex Forster asked a few Harley Friends to escort a sponsored walk for the Spencer Dayman Trust across the finishing line on Severn Bridge. Nearly 1000 bikes turned up to offer their support.
In 2005 Bridgwater Harley Owners Group, who at that time organised the event, approached Chepstow Marketing and asked if they could finish their ride in Chepstow. Hoggin’ the Bridge started at Aust Services and ended up in Chepstow. Over the years, the event has grown and grown. The ride leaves Aust Services at 11am with bikes pulsing out in batches of 200 to ride up the M48 to Junction 23A, before returning to Chepstow travelling through the villages of Magor, Undy, Caldicot Town Centre and Pwllmeyric.
After the 2009 event, Bridgwater HOGS decided that it was getting too big to organise so Jacqui Sullivan agreed to take over as ‘Official Event Organiser’ with the assistance of a newly formed organisation “Hoggin’ the Bridge Club” made up of enthusiastic volunteers including Harley owners and an ex police officer.
“I have been lucky enough to ride on one of the lead bikes twice over the last 7 years” said Jacqui Sullivan “and it’s amazing to see hundreds of people cheering and waving from all the motorway bridges and through the villages along the route. Hoggin’ the Bridge is not just about Chepstow!
“The first bikes arrive in Chepstow town centre at noon and weather permitting by the time the final bike is in Chepstow High Street and every single car park will be packed full of bikes. Last year we even had to use the bus station as we ran out of space!
“Musical entertainment will be in Beaufort Square from 11am and back by popular demand is our Compere ‘Plastic Sam’ who will keep the crowds updated on when the bikes are due to arrive”.
Local musician Chris Lee has been in charge of organising the entertainment for the last two year. “All the bands have offered their services for free this year” said Chris “and the stage has been sponsored by Petersen Safety Solutions Ltd which means that Hoggin’ the Bridge will have even more money to give away to local charities”
The line up this year is:-
Got it Covered
Shooting the Crow
Hoggin’ the Bridge could not go ahead without the sponsorship or support of:-
Bikesafe Police South Wales
The Severn Bridge
Weston-Super-Mare Mercedes Benz
Dick Lovett Motrad
Monmouthshire County Council