Brixham Rally Report

Our first rally of 2019 was at Brixham, Devon and attracted 26 members, 22 with motorcycles. It was a lovely level site and we were blessed with sunshine all weekend. It was good to meet up with old friends and welcome new ones.
There was lots to do over the weekend. In Paignton there was the BMAD festival where lots of bikers congregate and search round the many marquees for bargains bits for their motorbikes and enjoy the entertainment that went on all day and night.
On Saturday there was the Brixham Pirate Festival. The town, within walking distance, was full of adults and children dressed up as pirates. It was a very well supported fantastic event. Quaint shops and gazebos with reasonably priced trinkets and pirate paraphernalia on sale, orchestrated sword fights and gun battles. There was reasonably priced food and drink and free entertainment with bands singing sea shanties and the audience joining in. It was a lovely atmosphere and really enjoyable. The Golden Hind was in dock and was used by the re-enactment society to fire rifles and cannons across the water to the quays opposite. A few loud bangs startled a few, but they all kept smiling.
St Mary’s Bay and Berry Head, where you can see the Napoleonic Forts, was a reasonable walk away from the site. You can also find the UK’s shortest lighthouse at only 16ft tall here. Some members chose to explore these areas whilst others chose to relax in the sunshine.
Martin Borrill arranged three rideouts with 22 bikes taking part on the first one. All the bikers had a great time and enjoyed the surrounding villages travelling at a reasonable speed so they could all keep together.
On two of the evenings we had use of a room at the rugby club just a short walk away. John Kirby arranged a ‘fun’ quiz, (yeah, right) of 16 questions with the winning team scoring a fantastic 5…lol. All good fun! John then ended the evening with a couple of games of Speedway, our own take on horse racing, but with motorbikes. We also had the obligatory raffle 😁. Some of our members had dressed up in Pirate outfits and after much deliberation Julie (from the office) and hubby Mark won the grand prize of a box of chocolates which they generously passed around. Pat Kirby had given out a Hollywood film picture quiz which was won, by only one point more than Tina, by Ian Jefferson who also shared his chocs. What a generous lot we are.
13th to 18th June.
Start time 1pm.
Edna Rose Nursery, Rotton Row, Sidlesham, PO20 7QS.
Call Pat Kirby, Secretary, to book.
£5 deposit is required. £8 pupn.
Live Entertainment, BBQ, Raffle, Rideouts. Pub and bus stop just 150m from site.

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