The estimate of around 1,000 motorbikes at this year's motorcycle festival in York was up on last year with a similar crowd of around 4,000 visitors.

There was heavy traffic into town for the opening at 10.00am and again in the afternoon as motorcyclists returned home. The festival in its second year, was held along Avon Terrace on April 21. The street was closed off with trade stalls lined up down the centre. These were selling anything from motorbike gear to stubby holders

Local restaurants and food outlets did a brisk trade. Some with extra facilities set up outside on the street to cope with the influx. An army of local volunteers was on hand to help with the crowd. The local scout group was involved in the organization and sold hot sausages to raise funds.

There was a range of entertainment including the band, Filth, which features the police commissioner live on stage, an unconventional bagpiper performing in a leather kilt and demonstrations of stunt riding. A motorbike show and shine in the town hall attracted a continuous flow of visitors as well.

Kalparrin, a group that supports families with children who have special needs was the nominated charity at this year's festival. It collected donations from riders and an auction was held during the day for the charity's benefit.