More than 10,000 hope the rain holds off for Barton Bike Night
More than 10,000 people are set to pack the streets for the hugely popular Barton Bike Night today (Wednesday July 4) with sincere hopes that the showers hold off.
The annual event will take place in the town centre and will include more than 40 stalls.
And the hope is that the axing of Humber Bridge tolls for bikers will lead to a surge in visitors from Hull and the East Riding.
High Street, Hungate, Chapel Lane, George Street, King Street and Cottage Lane will all be closed to traffic from 3pm to 10pm to allow Barton's biggest annual event to take over the town.
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The night will also include a variety of motorcycle displays and live entertainment.
Barrie Newton, chairman of the Barton Bike Night Committee, said: "We have got 42 stalls altogether, including
major motorbike dealers like BMW Astle in Laceby, GP Honda from Grimsby and a new one, East Coast Harley.
"They are going to be in the Market Place.
"We have got Scorpion Exhaust, from Ripon, which is a multinational concern and will be bringing a big display."
I have been in contact with a few clubs there and they will be coming this year because it is free to cross the bridge
Other attractions will include the North Lincolnshire Classic Trials Club, which will be performing displays in the Cottage Lane car park.
Shaun Barley will show a range of custom bikes on the High Street and there will also be various charity stalls.
Mr Newton said he was hoping for a bumper crowd on the night and said it could be swelled further by bikers taking advantage of the scrapping of Humber Bridge tolls.
He added: "We could have a good turnout from the north bank.
"I have been in contact with a few clubs there and they will be coming this year because it is free to cross the bridge.
"It is a big family event and it attracts a lot of members of the public."
The bike night is also set to provide a boost for businesses in the town.
Steve Lewis, landlord of the Coach and Horses pub on the High Street, said: "As a pub, it is very important to us and it is a big midweek event."
"A lot depends on the weather but a lot of people say they are going to make that journey and once they have committed to it, they come anyway and if it is raining, the pubs are full."
The Coach and Horses will raise funds for the Afghan Heroes charity on the night.
It will also have the organisation's Corporal Lee Scott memorial Harley Davidson as one of three bikes on display.
Mr Lewis said: "We have also got a couple of Barton bands, Rough trade and Fallen Zero, playing inside.
"We are open for all of the family and we have got a beer garden around the back."
Parking for the event will be available at Baysgarth School on Barrow Road, the Wilderspin National School on Queen Street, and St Augustine Webster Church on Whitecross Street.
Disabled parking will be available at Lidl on High Street.