A MOTORBIKE-MAD vicar is revving up for his latest challenge as he returns home to Wales.

The Rev Mark Prevett will be licensed as priest in charge of Merthyr Tydfil, St David and Abercanaid next week by the Archbishop of Wales.

The 54-year-old takes over from the Rev Martyn Davies, who left to become Area Dean for the Vale of Glamorgan.

Mr Prevett, who used to be a rally car navigator, joins the parish from the Diocese of Winchester.

As well as having the usual household contents to move across the country, the father-of-four also has two motorbikes and a motorhome to transport.

He said: “I have just got rid of one motorbike or I would have three motorbikes to get across country.

“Because it’s a town centre parish, I will probably be walking to most places – but my first choice of transport after that will be my bike.

“I used to have motorbikes when I was younger before family responsibilities took over but it was about 16 years ago that I started riding bikes again.

“It’s the freedom of the open road that appeals, when you are riding a motorbike then that is all that you can think about.”

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