BIKERS got into gear for the 10th year of the Rossendale Valley Motorbike Show, which organisers said was the biggest and best yet.

Bikes of all descriptions from three-wheelers to £22,000 customised bikes graced the show, which was attended by an estimated 45,000 people who descended on Rawtenstall yesterday.

Stunt rider Eddie Kidd led the ride-in to launch Europe's largest town centre motorbike show, which boasted a host of attractions along with motor-cycles from across the globe from BMWs and Hondas to classic Harley Davidsons and Triumphs.

The ever-popular mini-moto on Asda car park, a stunt show on Bocholt Way, the Wall of Fear near the market and a trials arena at Newhallhey were among the attractions.

And a bungee catapult, fun fair, many trade and refreshment stands and a tattoo convention in the Astoria Ballroom meant there was something for everyone.

There was also a main arena on Daisy Hill car park with live bands, charity stalls, a Sunday service and much more.

Show regular John Whittle, 42, who travelled to East Lancashire from South Yorkshire, said: "This is biker heaven, I've been coming for the last four years and it is the highlight of my year."

Show spokesman Peter Gill said: "It was an absolutely fantastic day and a super way to mark the 10th show. Hopefully we have raised a good deal for charity."

Inspector Roger Ravenscroft said the day had passed off peacefully although police had been called out when a naked man was found wandering in Kay Street in the early hours of Sunday.

He was taken to Rossendale Hospital where he was being treated.