Easter resurrection for Southend Shakedown

Southend Shakedown - Vespa on the promenade (top)
After a couple of false starts, the annual Southend Shakedown went ahead on Easter Monday.

In it’s 18th consecutive year, the Essex town played host to hundreds of motorcycles and bikers despite the event being cancelled at the start of March, with policing costs cited as the major reason behind the cancellation.

The event was eventually given the go ahead two weeks ago after it emerged that the costs were being covered by traders and Paul van Looy, an independent councillor in Southend and owner of Grumpy’s Diner.

Storm Katie

The last hurdle for organisers, traders and bikers to overcome was the weather forecast, with Storm Katie battering the South Coast of England over the Easter holiday.

But despite a wet and blustery start to the day, hundreds of bikers made the trip from the Ace Café in London to the coastal town.

Speaking to the Basildon, Canvey and Southend Echo, Mr van Looy said: “The sunshine’s out and there are quite a few bikers.

“I was told there were only 200 less than normal at the ACE café, which is a couple of thousand. There are quite a few people about but it’s just windy and that’s a shame.”

The Bike Insurer braved the weather to attend the event with our resident photographer.

Browse the Southend Shakedown 2016 album and see all of our photos of the event.

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