Bike rally keeps lights burning at Coaldale Hall
THE Coaldale Hall's electricity supply is assured for the rest of the year following a visit from 94 bikers.
The bikers arrived yesterday for morning tea cour- tesy of the Clarence Valley Historic and Enthusiasts Motor Cycle Club rally held in Grafton over the weekend.
Club secretary Terry Ryan said more than 60 bikers made the trip to Coaldale yesterday for morning tea, put on by the Coaldale and Barretts Creek Hall Committee.
"It was absolutely magni- ficent," said Mr Ryan. "I think there'll be kids taking cakes and muffins to school for morning tea for the rest of the week."
He said the rally attracted 87 bikes ranging from vintage to historic and even modern.
"It was really good so many of them made the trip to Coaldale," he said. "A lot of people have a fair way to travel so we don't normally get such a good turnout on the Sunday ride."
Hall secretary Allan Reardon was also pleased with the turnout, both from the bikes and the local community.
"We're only a small community and our hall's pretty important to us," he said.
"We had just about every- one here to help out for the morning tea."
He said the rising cost of electricity was one of the major problems facing the committee.
"It costs us about $600 a year just to keep it connected," he said.
Mr Reardon said the ladies who ran the morning tea deserved a lot of thanks.
"They've donated all their time and costs, which is much appreciated," he said.