Bikers stop off at gun battery

The group of Harley Davidson riders during their visit to the Heugh Gun Battery

The group of Harley Davidson riders during their visit to the Heugh Gun Battery

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FIFTEEN classic motorbikes rolled into a popular town museum for the first of what is hoped will become an annual visit.

Visitors to the Heugh Gun Battery, on Hartlepool’s Headland, were given a pleasant surprise when a group of bikers pulled their Harley Davidsons in for a two-hour stop.

The bikers, from Sheffield, were enjoying an annual ride around the North-East on their way to Whitby and had arranged to visit the popular town attraction.

John Southcott, chairman at the Heugh Gun Battery, said: “One of the bikers had been up for a visit before and said it would be great if they could call in on their annual North-East trip.

“We were delighted to welcome them. They were a lovely bunch of people.

“The bikes really were incredible and I think each one was worth about £40,000.” John added: “The bikers thought the town and the museum were brilliant and the weather was kind, which capped it all off.

“They even took one of our volunteers out for a quick ride.

“It was a nice surprise for our visitors to the museum on the day as well, they really enjoyed it.”

Museum staff and the bikers now plan to make the visit an annual event.