TENS of thousands of visitors and bikers flocked to Southend seafront for the return of the popular Shakedown.

Adam Ball, 44, chairman of the Southend Shakedown Resurrection Committee, said it was a very busy and successful day.


Ready - the event attracted thousands of visitors


Dressed to impress - the sun shone on the event all day


Inked - bikers took over Southend Seafront on Easter Monday


On route - a rider arrives for the Southend Shakedown

Organisers and councillors agreed it was a great day for everyone.

He said: “It was tiring but as successful as we had expected.

“The road closure went down really well and meant people could be relaxed and walk about.

“All went off without a hitch, feedback has been amazing.

“We’ve managed to eliminate some of the previous issues.”

James Courtenay, councillor for growth said the popular event gives a different experience.

He said: “The road closure was necessary.

“It’s a big boost to our tourism as well.”

However trader Paul Thompson criticised the council’s handling of the day.

He said: “My business was quieter and it’s due to the road closure.

“It’s been dangerous too with walkers and bikers.”

The event, originally organised by Ace Cafe, was a popular fixture until 2016, when the cafe said it could no longer meet police and council demands.

An unofficial event ran last year and police were forced to act after reports of antisocial behaviour.

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On song - Linda Lambourne and Andrew Lambourne