Fire-hit firm set to return to business tomorrow


A Kirton business will open its doors once again tomorrow (Thursday) – two months after it was ravaged by fire.

Wilson’s Motorcycles, in Willington Road, was left gutted by the blaze - which claimed a number of vehicles and other contents of a workshop.

The business is owned by Richard Wilson and his motor racing son Ben - who competed in last year’s British Superbike Championships, and who is returning to compete in the Supersport series in 2015.

“It will be a relief to open again,” Ben told The Standard.

“It’s been a difficult time for the family. We lost so much in the fire, but we’re determined to come back stronger.”

Along with the motorbikes, the fire destroyed Ben’s first race bike, his first racing trophy and the motorhome he uses at race events.

“We weren’t there at the time, and that’s probably a good thing because we might have tried to get back in there and save a few things,” Ben continued.

The fire began at the workshop on the morning of November 14, with the flames spreading to the nearby motorhome and fencing.

Four fire crews, two from Boston, one from Kirton and a fourth from Donington, originally tackled the blaze well into the evening.

They were later joined by a fifth crew from Spalding.

Although the re-opened business will have a new look, the Wilson family are not planning on a grand opening.

“I don’t think we’ll be cutting a ribbon or anything like that, we believe we never really closed,” added Ben, whose father has been working at the site for more than 40 years.

“My bike will be there and there’ll be a few new things to see as well.”

Wilson’s Motorcycles will re-open its doors tomorrow at 3.15pm.

The 24-hour clock time of 15:15, on January 15, 2015 was chosen to coincide with Ben’s race number 15.