A MOTORCYCLE rider from Kelsall helped bring down the curtain on this year’s Isle of Man TT.

Eight-time TT winner Charlie Williams, 60, took part in the Milestones of the Mountain parade lap, which gathered together a host of former TT riders to celebrate 100 years of racing on the world-famous Mountain Course.

Williams, who rode his victorious 1974 bike, said: “It was fantastic to go back. It was my 41st year there, and I was right in the thick of it.

“It becomes more of a social event now, rekindling friendships of old.”

Ian Mackman rounded off a successful TT by securing the privateers championship for independent riders.

The 31-year-old mechanic, who works at Bill Smith Motors in Chester, finished 14th in the Senior TT last week having previously finished ninth in the Supersport race.

He could scarcely hide his delight at also claiming the Joe Craig Trophy for the best British rider on a British bike.

Mackman said: “This has been by far and away my best TT ever. The TT is my big event every year. I just love it round here.”