Top 10 moments from Southend Shakedown

Echo: Top 10 moments from the Southend Shakedown Top 10 moments from the Southend Shakedown

HUGE crowds turned out on Southend seafront on Bank Holiday Monday as glorious sunshine beamed down for the 16th annual Southend Shakedown.

Here are the top ten moments from yesterday's event. 

1. The noise of bikers arriving could be heard all morning around the town as excitement 

2. As the first bikes rolled onto the seafront, the sun beamed down on the highly-polished and well looked after machines

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3. Riders started to park up along Eastern and Western Esplanade as people snapped pictures of the gorgeous bikes, trikes and scooters

Echo: Artwork - Picture by Kathryn Wilkins

4. The crowds grew all morning as people soaked up the glorious weather and enjoyed the event organised by Ace Cafe

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5. No one could resist having a peek at the bikes...

Echo: Accrington Stanley players watching the shakedown on the footbridge by the Pier

6. Traders reported a boom in trade as thousands flooded the seafront and ice cream firm Rossi had to open it's factory after demand outstripped supply

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7. Southend Shakedown is not just for adults, children (and pets!) also enjoyed the day

Echo: Riley Sharpe, four, with her biker leathers on has come down with grandad Roy Sharpe from Billericay. He belongs to Essex Chapter GB

Echo: Biker dog! Picture by Matthew Crow

8. Getting a seat outside a pub was nearly impossible as people enjoyed a cold pint. Simon Patterson, of Chinnery's pub, said it had been "a very good day"

9. Lots of different clubs, and bikes, were represented 

10. The event, held every year, raised money for the NSPCC

All pictures by Echo photographer Anna Lukala. Click here to buy them. 

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12:16pm Tue 22 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Southend must have seemed like a different world for those Accrington Stanley players.
Southend must have seemed like a different world for those Accrington Stanley players. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 16

12:42pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

Looks like it was a great day.
Looks like it was a great day. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 14

1:18pm Tue 22 Apr 14

justanotherposter says...

Lets not forget the foul language and gestures of the bikers running red lights in chalkwell at a very busy crossroads!
Lets not forget the foul language and gestures of the bikers running red lights in chalkwell at a very busy crossroads! justanotherposter
  • Score: -5

1:21pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

justanotherposter wrote:
Lets not forget the foul language and gestures of the bikers running red lights in chalkwell at a very busy crossroads!
A bit like a Basildon full council meeting then.
[quote][p][bold]justanotherposter[/bold] wrote: Lets not forget the foul language and gestures of the bikers running red lights in chalkwell at a very busy crossroads![/p][/quote]A bit like a Basildon full council meeting then. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -9

1:29pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

Nice considerate parking, blocking the cycle lane.
Nice considerate parking, blocking the cycle lane. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: -21

1:39pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Leighdweller says...

"Fings what I saw at the weekend" by Staff Reporter aged 9 and a half.

Is it an Echo competition to complete the first of the 10 exciting moments?

1. The noise of bikers arriving could be heard all morning around the town as excitement... ULTIMATELY FIZZLED OUT INTO NOTHING WITH DRIVERS STRANDED ON SOUTHENDS WOEFULLY INADEQUATE ROAD SYSTEM

Do I win a prize?
"Fings what I saw at the weekend" by Staff Reporter aged 9 and a half. Is it an Echo competition to complete the first of the 10 exciting moments? 1. The noise of bikers arriving could be heard all morning around the town as excitement... ULTIMATELY FIZZLED OUT INTO NOTHING WITH DRIVERS STRANDED ON SOUTHENDS WOEFULLY INADEQUATE ROAD SYSTEM Do I win a prize? Leighdweller
  • Score: 8

1:43pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

I was surrounded by them in a traffic jam.

I had Jimi Hendrix on full blast windows down (well it was a nice sunny day at least to start with) and we were having a sort of mini-party while we waited to move..

Nice atmosphere. They were all very friendly towards me anyway, even if I did end up with a face full fumes when they sped off.
I was surrounded by them in a traffic jam. I had Jimi Hendrix on full blast windows down (well it was a nice sunny day at least to start with) and we were having a sort of mini-party while we waited to move.. Nice atmosphere. They were all very friendly towards me anyway, even if I did end up with a face full fumes when they sped off. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 22

1:51pm Tue 22 Apr 14

justanotherposter says...

Next year to spice it up maybe we need Clint Eastwood, a pick up truck and an orangutan
Next year to spice it up maybe we need Clint Eastwood, a pick up truck and an orangutan justanotherposter
  • Score: -13

1:57pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Baker-Boy says...

Any money raised at the end of all this???
Any money raised at the end of all this??? Baker-Boy
  • Score: -14

3:22pm Tue 22 Apr 14

pussycats says...

I was a Steward for this event, a few years ago and although very apprehensive at the thought, was totally taken aback, by the courteous, pleasant and wonderful people that rode their vehicles into our town.... I was totally impressed in every way. What a great event for Southend and thank you to Ace Café and to all who attended. Much admiration to you all.
I was a Steward for this event, a few years ago and although very apprehensive at the thought, was totally taken aback, by the courteous, pleasant and wonderful people that rode their vehicles into our town.... I was totally impressed in every way. What a great event for Southend and thank you to Ace Café and to all who attended. Much admiration to you all. pussycats
  • Score: 21

5:00pm Tue 22 Apr 14

John Bull 40 says...

Keptquiettillnow wrote:
Nice considerate parking, blocking the cycle lane.
If you don't like it stay at home and eat your easter egg.
[quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: Nice considerate parking, blocking the cycle lane.[/p][/quote]If you don't like it stay at home and eat your easter egg. John Bull 40
  • Score: 20

5:58pm Tue 22 Apr 14

the25man says...

Well done Ace Café it's shows what can be done with people proud of there machines.
It's not that new Mods and Rocker times
Well done Ace Café it's shows what can be done with people proud of there machines. It's not that new Mods and Rocker times the25man
  • Score: 10

6:36pm Tue 22 Apr 14

sesibollox says...

Not sure about the biker dog,pic looks well dodgy, though I had to laugh when we went past a couple of cyclists, almost blew them into the kerb.
We parked on the front, taking our Harley, up the path on the Cliffs, as did about 150 others, not a parking warden in sight, spose they value their life..
Not sure about the biker dog,pic looks well dodgy, though I had to laugh when we went past a couple of cyclists, almost blew them into the kerb. We parked on the front, taking our Harley, up the path on the Cliffs, as did about 150 others, not a parking warden in sight, spose they value their life.. sesibollox
  • Score: -7

6:43pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Purple Om 89-91 says...

Great atmosphere yesterday! The bikers bought welcome chaos...but what made life worth living for me was seeing the eccentric with the horned helmet, playing a tin whistle and a little drum. Top banana!
Great atmosphere yesterday! The bikers bought welcome chaos...but what made life worth living for me was seeing the eccentric with the horned helmet, playing a tin whistle and a little drum. Top banana! Purple Om 89-91
  • Score: 8

7:07pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Joe Clark says...

Keptquiettillnow wrote:
Nice considerate parking, blocking the cycle lane.
The restrictions were lifted for the event, if you bothered to go down you would have seen the signs, so your moan is blown clear out the water over Kent an in to France!

It is a shame that there is always some saddo who moans and it looks like it is you.
[quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: Nice considerate parking, blocking the cycle lane.[/p][/quote]The restrictions were lifted for the event, if you bothered to go down you would have seen the signs, so your moan is blown clear out the water over Kent an in to France! It is a shame that there is always some saddo who moans and it looks like it is you. Joe Clark
  • Score: 13

7:14pm Tue 22 Apr 14

sesibollox says...

Purple Om 89-91 wrote:
Great atmosphere yesterday! The bikers bought welcome chaos...but what made life worth living for me was seeing the eccentric with the horned helmet, playing a tin whistle and a little drum. Top banana!
Yeah love it, Ive a world war 2 German Helmet, chromed with horns either side, from the 60's, love wearing it on runs, with a hundred plus club members around.
[quote][p][bold]Purple Om 89-91[/bold] wrote: Great atmosphere yesterday! The bikers bought welcome chaos...but what made life worth living for me was seeing the eccentric with the horned helmet, playing a tin whistle and a little drum. Top banana![/p][/quote]Yeah love it, Ive a world war 2 German Helmet, chromed with horns either side, from the 60's, love wearing it on runs, with a hundred plus club members around. sesibollox
  • Score: 6

8:21pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Fab day out, PACKED, everywhere, no trouble anywhere, had some lovely cod and chips, tea and cake
Fab day out, PACKED, everywhere, no trouble anywhere, had some lovely cod and chips, tea and cake Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 7

8:41pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Danshrimp says...

What is this, Buzzfeed? Stick to proper reporting using actual prose, I'm sure you're capable of it.
What is this, Buzzfeed? Stick to proper reporting using actual prose, I'm sure you're capable of it. Danshrimp
  • Score: 0

8:49pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Danshrimp wrote:
What is this, Buzzfeed? Stick to proper reporting using actual prose, I'm sure you're capable of it.
Go back to the pond pondlife, this is a fab story, are you a cyclist ?
[quote][p][bold]Danshrimp[/bold] wrote: What is this, Buzzfeed? Stick to proper reporting using actual prose, I'm sure you're capable of it.[/p][/quote]Go back to the pond pondlife, this is a fab story, are you a cyclist ? Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -6

10:24pm Tue 22 Apr 14

profondo asbo says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Danshrimp wrote:
What is this, Buzzfeed? Stick to proper reporting using actual prose, I'm sure you're capable of it.
Go back to the pond pondlife, this is a fab story, are you a cyclist ?
got anger management?
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Danshrimp[/bold] wrote: What is this, Buzzfeed? Stick to proper reporting using actual prose, I'm sure you're capable of it.[/p][/quote]Go back to the pond pondlife, this is a fab story, are you a cyclist ?[/p][/quote]got anger management? profondo asbo
  • Score: 2

12:48am Wed 23 Apr 14

tokyontroyzee says...

Keptquiettillnow wrote:
Nice considerate parking, blocking the cycle lane.
Where would you like them all to park,,,, brighton beach, theh help raise moneyfor charity, get off and walk you dum brit!
[quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: Nice considerate parking, blocking the cycle lane.[/p][/quote]Where would you like them all to park,,,, brighton beach, theh help raise moneyfor charity, get off and walk you dum brit! tokyontroyzee
  • Score: 3

9:27am Wed 23 Apr 14

SLord90 says...

anyone see the good looking brunette police officer?
anyone see the good looking brunette police officer? SLord90
  • Score: 2

3:33pm Wed 23 Apr 14

CrippsCorner says...

The best moment for me was seeing a couple of parking inspector's faces as they turned the corner to see hundreds of illegally parked bikes. They looked like they had just won the lottery! I watched them get their cameras out and start snapping away at number plates... I wonder if anything will actually come of it?
The best moment for me was seeing a couple of parking inspector's faces as they turned the corner to see hundreds of illegally parked bikes. They looked like they had just won the lottery! I watched them get their cameras out and start snapping away at number plates... I wonder if anything will actually come of it? CrippsCorner
  • Score: 0

4:54pm Wed 23 Apr 14

sesibollox says...

Managed a ton up, on the way home, great fun with swivel number plates...
Managed a ton up, on the way home, great fun with swivel number plates... sesibollox
  • Score: -2

6:37pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Abington86 says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
justanotherposter wrote: Lets not forget the foul language and gestures of the bikers running red lights in chalkwell at a very busy crossroads!
A bit like a Basildon full council meeting then.
Basildon council meetings are held in Basildon not Chalkwell. There are neither red lights nor crossroads inside the council room. So actually its nothing, not even a little bit, like a full council meeting is it.

Why do have to bring politics into everything Ms Gandy. Its not as if you are even any good at it.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]justanotherposter[/bold] wrote: Lets not forget the foul language and gestures of the bikers running red lights in chalkwell at a very busy crossroads![/p][/quote]A bit like a Basildon full council meeting then.[/p][/quote]Basildon council meetings are held in Basildon not Chalkwell. There are neither red lights nor crossroads inside the council room. So actually its nothing, not even a little bit, like a full council meeting is it. Why do have to bring politics into everything Ms Gandy. Its not as if you are even any good at it. Abington86
  • Score: 3

7:07pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Joe Clark says...

CrippsCorner wrote:
The best moment for me was seeing a couple of parking inspector's faces as they turned the corner to see hundreds of illegally parked bikes. They looked like they had just won the lottery! I watched them get their cameras out and start snapping away at number plates... I wonder if anything will actually come of it?
Parking restriction for bikes were lifted for the day, there were great big yellow and black signs up plus it was an organised event so no parking tickets were issued to bikes, however a number of cars that had been illegally parked were given tickets.
[quote][p][bold]CrippsCorner[/bold] wrote: The best moment for me was seeing a couple of parking inspector's faces as they turned the corner to see hundreds of illegally parked bikes. They looked like they had just won the lottery! I watched them get their cameras out and start snapping away at number plates... I wonder if anything will actually come of it?[/p][/quote]Parking restriction for bikes were lifted for the day, there were great big yellow and black signs up plus it was an organised event so no parking tickets were issued to bikes, however a number of cars that had been illegally parked were given tickets. Joe Clark
  • Score: 3

7:42pm Wed 23 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Joe Clark wrote:
CrippsCorner wrote:
The best moment for me was seeing a couple of parking inspector's faces as they turned the corner to see hundreds of illegally parked bikes. They looked like they had just won the lottery! I watched them get their cameras out and start snapping away at number plates... I wonder if anything will actually come of it?
Parking restriction for bikes were lifted for the day, there were great big yellow and black signs up plus it was an organised event so no parking tickets were issued to bikes, however a number of cars that had been illegally parked were given tickets.
Didnt see many cyclists either, probably knew their place..
[quote][p][bold]Joe Clark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CrippsCorner[/bold] wrote: The best moment for me was seeing a couple of parking inspector's faces as they turned the corner to see hundreds of illegally parked bikes. They looked like they had just won the lottery! I watched them get their cameras out and start snapping away at number plates... I wonder if anything will actually come of it?[/p][/quote]Parking restriction for bikes were lifted for the day, there were great big yellow and black signs up plus it was an organised event so no parking tickets were issued to bikes, however a number of cars that had been illegally parked were given tickets.[/p][/quote]Didnt see many cyclists either, probably knew their place.. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 0

7:44am Thu 24 Apr 14

John the resonator says...

It was a great day, one of the best for years with the fabulous weather and a terrific turnout. What a privilege to see a 1937 Brough Superior, Lawrence of Arabia's bike and lots of other classic or vintage machines. It was the best time, ancient and modern machines (and ancient and modern riders), all very good natured from what I saw, topped off with a pint and chips on the seaside and a dose of live rockabilly music. What a day.

As for the poster objecting to parking in the cycle lane, it's one day a year and raised money for charity, brought thousands to the town and a boost for local businesses on the seafront and an all-round fun atmosphere. What;s not to like?
It was a great day, one of the best for years with the fabulous weather and a terrific turnout. What a privilege to see a 1937 Brough Superior, Lawrence of Arabia's bike and lots of other classic or vintage machines. It was the best time, ancient and modern machines (and ancient and modern riders), all very good natured from what I saw, topped off with a pint and chips on the seaside and a dose of live rockabilly music. What a day. As for the poster objecting to parking in the cycle lane, it's one day a year and raised money for charity, brought thousands to the town and a boost for local businesses on the seafront and an all-round fun atmosphere. What;s not to like? John the resonator
  • Score: 4

11:09am Thu 24 Apr 14

CrippsCorner says...

Joe Clark wrote:
CrippsCorner wrote:
The best moment for me was seeing a couple of parking inspector's faces as they turned the corner to see hundreds of illegally parked bikes. They looked like they had just won the lottery! I watched them get their cameras out and start snapping away at number plates... I wonder if anything will actually come of it?
Parking restriction for bikes were lifted for the day, there were great big yellow and black signs up plus it was an organised event so no parking tickets were issued to bikes, however a number of cars that had been illegally parked were given tickets.
I see, that's good to know. However the ones I saw were much further down, basically opposite where the new Premier Inn is going to be... I wonder where the cut off point for the lack parking was.
[quote][p][bold]Joe Clark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CrippsCorner[/bold] wrote: The best moment for me was seeing a couple of parking inspector's faces as they turned the corner to see hundreds of illegally parked bikes. They looked like they had just won the lottery! I watched them get their cameras out and start snapping away at number plates... I wonder if anything will actually come of it?[/p][/quote]Parking restriction for bikes were lifted for the day, there were great big yellow and black signs up plus it was an organised event so no parking tickets were issued to bikes, however a number of cars that had been illegally parked were given tickets.[/p][/quote]I see, that's good to know. However the ones I saw were much further down, basically opposite where the new Premier Inn is going to be... I wonder where the cut off point for the lack parking was. CrippsCorner
  • Score: -1

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