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Preston brought to a stop by bikers

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Preston city centre was brought to a standstill when over 50 motorbikes came together to form a very special escort.

When Graeme and Lynn Moitie from Ashton-on Ribble put out the call to the biking community to escort them on their wedding day, they thought a few motobike enthusiasts would turn up.

But on their big day they were astounded with the outcome.

Graeme, who is chairman of the Last Bastion Brotherhood motorcycle club said: “Lynn and I met five years ago through our mutual interest in motorbikes and had met at a few rallies.

“When we got married we said we wanted a bike-themed wedding to reflect that.

“But when we left the registry office we were astonished at how many people turned up to escort us from there to our reception.”

Graeme, 53, and Lynn, 58, who have their own 1300 Yamaha Cruiser and Suzuki Bandit, were married on March 29 at Preston Registry Office before riding along Fishergate to the Black Horse pub on Friargate.

Graeme, said: “We had members of around 10 different clubs come down including some from Hells Angels England.

“With people riding pillion it meant in all there were over 60 people who made an awful lot of noise.

“It was just incredible, everyone downed tools and gave up their free time to wish us well.”

He added: “Graham, the landlord of the Black Horse really did all the leg work so a big thank you has to go to him.

“He made all the checks with the authorities so without his help it wouldn’t have been possible.”

Once in the pub, the newlyweds were also blessed by Bishop Michael, the official Chaplain from Leyland Eageles Motorcycle Club.

Graeme said: “Lynn has four children; two daughters who live in Australia, a daughter who lives in Preston and a son who is working in Iraq - they all want bikes now!”

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