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scooterrallygrahamreading1Scooter enthusiasts from across the globe descended on Ryde over the weekend for the annual international Scooter Rally, which saw up to 5000 classic and modern scooters take part in the long-weekend event.

With the seaside town becoming a hive of activity from late on Thursday, the local economy has once again benefited hugely from the influx of visitors, who centralise themselves around the Union Street and Esplanade areas of Ryde.

scooterrallygrahamreading2Camping was again provided at Smallbrook Stadium, where local residents and visitors alike were invited to join in the party atmosphere during both the day and night with performances and food available.

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Thankfully, the gathering wasn’t dampened by the wet weather currently being experienced with the Sunday afternoon ride out escaping the heavy rain. For 2014 the ride out – which started from Ryde Superbowl – ended up on Sandown Seafront instead of the Sandown Rugby Club as in previous years and went without a hitch. 

A variety of music events were held throughout the town including on Ryde’ Eastern Gardens.

Photographs thanks to Graham Reading


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