BMAD cancel next year's bike festival

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BMAD festival 2019 has been cancelled it was announced last night, Thursday, 1st November.

Organiser Kelvin Halloran blamed a number of reasons including rising costs and not enough sponsors.

BMAD (bikers make a difference) started in 2002 by founders Kelvin and Jayne Halloran who had an idea to have a social gathering of bikers on Paignton sea front to raise money for charity.

BMAD held its 13th Festival this year, drawing thousands of the people to the area for the annual get together.

With bikes, beer, displays and bands, and something to keep the whole family entertained, it was a hugely popular event.

Kelvin Halloran said on Facebook last night: “It’s with saddened hearts that we at BMAD have decided to cancel next years festival.

“The reasons are – costs are going up each year. Sponsors not coming forward.

“Poisonous individuals writing to our sponsors/traders/accountants with vile lies costing us thousands of which has made it impossible to grow. No doubt they will be very happy with themselves.

“Health and safety becoming more and more stringent therefore costing more each year.

“We have spent a great deal of time trying to work out a way forward but it’s impossible.

“We at BMAD are all volunteers and the reason why we volunteer was to improve the lives of Sick and Disabled Children and Carers plus all the other organisations we support.

“Bike Nights will continue.

“We at BMAD thank all you supporters over the years and we as a group have made a huge difference to our community.

“Please do not book your accommodation and if you have please contact the hotel/BnB and campsites.

“Ride safe. Kelvin and Jayne and all the BMAD crew.”

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