Campaign to get McGuinness to open new M6 link road

Published: 16 December 2015

A campaign to get Isle of Man TT star John McGuinness lined up to officially open the new M6 link road next year when it’s finished has been started on Facebook and is asking for more support.

The link to the Facebook page can be found here… https://www.facebook.com/groups/johnmcguinness/1038966062832102/?notif_t=group_activity

The Facebook group was started by local Lancashire Honda dealer North West Honda with the aim of getting McGuinness to lead a charity ride-out down the new M6 link road which is due to be finished in 2016.

The statement on the Facebook pages states: “As you may be aware, the Heysham M6 Link Road is due to open next year and we believe there is only one Man that should be given the job of cutting the tape.

“John McGuinness is Morecambe born and bred and celebrated 2015 with his 22nd and 23rd Isle of Man TT victories. Taking his Honda Racing CBR1000RR Fireblade to his 7th Senior TT victory put him just 3 wins behind Honda TT Legend Joey Dunlop.

“McGuinness has shunned the tax haven lifestyle of the likes of Monaco and the Isle of Man. He has stayed true to his roots in his home in Bare, Morecambe with his wife Becky and two children Ewan and Maisie. He has selflessly helped champion road safety campaigns and charitable organisations both locally and further afield using his notoriety to further worthy causes. He IS the ultimate Man of the people who has not forgotten where he came from.

“Back in 2007, McGuinness became the first sportsman to be given the highest honour that the city of Lancaster can bestow. John was made an Honorary Freeman of the City in a ceremony at Lancaster Town Hall. There have been many calls for McGuinness to be made an MBE, following in the footsteps of former World Superbike Champion Carl Fogarty and the likes of legendary TT racers Mike Hailwood, Phil Read and Jim Redman. Surely, the opening of one of the country’s biggest investment projects is not beyond the realms of possibility for the ‘Morecambe Missile!?’

“North West Honda Lancaster have approached Lancashire County Council about the idea of McGuinness leading a charity ride out of local bikers in support of St John’s Hospice to open the link road. The hospice in Lancaster is responsible for in-patient and palliative care for local elderly people, subsequently helping local families with bereavement support and counselling for the loss of elderly relatives.

“Picture the scene! TT Legend John McGuinness leading over 500 bikers down the new link road on his Honda Racing CBR1000RR Fireblade. What a YouTube moment that would be and a statement of solidarity and community spirit from local bikers, showing all of us two wheeled enthusiasts at our very best.”

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