20th Oct, 2017

Bulldog Bash back to Stratford in 2015

Stratford Editorial 10th Oct, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE BULLDOG Bash will return to Stratford next year.

Organisers recently revealed the event, which has been held at Long Marston Airfield since 1987 and attracts bikers from across Europe, will take place next year from August 6 to 9.

Announcing the news on their website and Twitter pages, they urged bikers and festival enthusiasts to take advantage of the show’s Earlybird tickets priced at £30.

The Hell’s Angels organised event was back for the first time earlier this year after organisers opted to take a 12 month break to rethink things in 2013.

And having stripped the festival back to its roots as an old school bike show, organisers were pleased to see just under 5,000 people roar up.

Warwickshire Police have made no secret of their opposition to the festival, often citing the Hell’s Angels as being involved in criminal activity.

High profile policing of the event, which has previously cost as much as £1.4 million, has been criticised as excessive by organisers.

Since it started, the Bulldog Bash has raised thousands of pounds for local charities but it hit the headlines for the wrong reasons in 2007 following the murder of Hells Angel Gerry Tobin, who was shot while riding home from the festival on the M40. Seven members of the rival Outlaws biker gang were subsequently jailed.

Though the event has passed largely without incident since Mr Tobin’s death, the force unsuccessfully attempted to have the Bash’s licence revoked by Stratford District Council but providing the group pays a yearly amount, the ten-year licence will remain in place until 2018 when it expires.

Visit bulldogbash.co.uk for further information.

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