Thumbs – Up For The Bikers

Peace has prevailed at last. The lads and lassies that bring so much atmosphere to the Strand Quay where they congregate with their brightly coloured motor-bikes and leathers will be allowed to continue using the Quay as a meeting place and stopover to enjoy food from the Fish & Chip Shop and Cafe.

An on-going year long feud between factions on the Rye Council has at last been resolved and their will be no more attempts to prevent the bikers from parking on the Strand.

Things came to a head at Whitsun last year when their were two motor cycle events in the vicinity. This resulted in so many bikes arriving they blocked the road and pavements round the Quay area. Councillors who opposed the bikers parking free on the Quay took advantage of the situation and launched a campaign to close the parking area, controlled by the Environment Agency.

A meeting with representatives from Council, Police, Bikers and Rother revealed that no-one wanted a ban and the subsequent meeting of Rye Council resolved, after heated exchanges, to welcome the bikers with the proviso that they be marshalled on the May Bank Holiday when there are expected to be many riders and machines calling at the Quay.

Rye’s Own February 2002

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