‘Southend Shakedown’ – Southend-on-Sea, Essex – 28 March 2016

The ‘Shakedown’ is a mass meeting of motorcyclists along the promenade of the Essex seaside town on the Easter Monday bank holiday, traditionally the first outing of the year after the winter – hence ‘Shakedown’. This, the seventeenth running of the event, almost didn’t go ahead in its usual format. A jump in the fee requested by Essex Police to the Ace Cafe, who have organised the run in recent years, saw them pulling out after deciding that they could not afford this fee for a free event from which they gain little income. Most of the bikers vowed to still make the run regardless, but a collection of local traders led by Grumpy’s Diner came forward to pay the fee to secure the policing at the event. In the end it was Storm Katie that had a final say in the size of the event with many bikers choosing not to take the risk, leaving the reserved western area of the seafront empty. Thousands of bikers did still make the journey, many arriving later than normal once the storm front had passed through.

aDSC_9988bDSC_8648-PW

cDSC_0024-PW

dDSC_9993-PW

DSC_0017-PW

DSC_0031-PWDSC_0061-PWDSC_0070-PWDSC_0075-PWDSC_0081-PWDSC_0090-PW

DSC_0094

DSC_0106-PWDSC_0108-PWDSC_8674-PWDSC_8702-PW

DSC_8711-PW

DSC_8717-PW

DSC_8719

DSC_8748-PWDSC_8762-PW

DSC_8764-PW

DSC_8799-PWDSC_8807-PWDSC_8808-PWDSC_8839-PWDSC_8847-PW

DSC_8874

DSC_8875-PW

DSC_8930-PW

DSC_8997-PW

DSC_9001-PW

DSC_9013-PW

DSC_9023-PW

DSC_9027-PWDSC_9071-PW

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s