2018 was one of the most successful years for the Harley-Davidson In The City (HDITC) motorcycle festival in Brechin. The event drew in over 18,000 visitors and more than 750 motorcycles of all types. The growing popularity of the event has triggered the event management team to look at public safety for future years also taking into consideration site capacity, traffic management and general disruption to residents and retailers in the town.
Taking into consideration feedback from local traders, the public and businesses, the town centre had reached capacity with no options to expand the festival site. Now, after 7 years in the town centre location a change of venue has been decided after consultation with Police Scotland, Angus Council and other relevant parties.
From 2019 the entire festival will be located in the River Street area in order to accommodate the growing numbers visiting the festival and providing all the necessary services in close proximity including parking, camping and caravan facilities, and access for the disabled.
The relocation will also enhance awareness of the scenic area of the town, accommodate future growth with more motorcycles, traders and visitors attending Brechin.
The weekend long event has continued to grow in popularity, with the 40+ mile ‘Thunder Run’ one of the main attractions on the Saturday. Starting from Brechin Castle with the support of Lord Dalhousie the Thunder Run rides through the town and touring Angus and returning to Brechin. There are no plans to change this element of the festival.
Having successfully avoided clashing with other major events in Angus for the past few years the festival was advised it would clash with the Glamis Extravaganza in the years ahead if the proposed dates were left unchanged. Therefore, following discussions with Police Scotland, Angus Council, and Event Scotland, HDITC will now be held on the weekend incorporating the first Sunday in July going forward. In 2019 the event will be held on the 6th and 7th July, in 2020 on the 4th and 5th July, and in 2021 3rd and 4th July.