Monday, May 25, 2009

An Ace Day Out in Margate

Quite by accident this morning, I found myself towards the front of hundreds of motorcyclists on the way in to Marine Parade at Margate for the Ace Cafe Bank Holiday 'Margate Meltdown'.

You may recall that last year ws a complete gale-blown washout and this time, I jumped on my BMW this morning and decided to go and have a look at what was happening. As I reached the seafront at the Nayland Rock, I could see a number of bikes ahead but glancing behind me, I found I had picked up a small army of bikes that had obviously been rolling along the Canterbury road from London.

The very efficient marshalls shepherded everyone in to park along the front and by the looks of it this afternoon, a good day was had by all, the occasional shower and late thunderstorm aside.

The Harbour Arm was busy with different stalls and the cafes appeared to be doing a roaring trade. Next time, if anyone can whip up a full english breakfast for 1,000 bikers, they'll do very well indeed!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was rather disappointed to see all the visiting bikers parked up on double yellow lines, when I of course had to pay the car park fee to attend an event in my town!

Peter Checksfield said...

Anon 11:01, if it was an event in your own town then why on earth didn't you WALK there? It was a nice day for walking, & (unless you're disabled) Margate isn't a large town to walk across...

Maisiegrace said...

The double yellows were not applicable due to the road closures. I'm sure the Ace Bikers would have paid a significant amount to TDC for all of this so their parking wasn't really free.

Anonymous said...

Charging £10 to park on the harbour arm is a disgace and is simply a way of fleecing visitors who dont know where else to park. Still perhaps the Arty Brigade dont mind being ripped off by one of their own

mere mortals can park ALL DAY at dreamland carpark for a modest £2.50 or £10.00 for the week!!!!!

Anonymous said...

@Anon-11:01 - if it wasn't for the bikers there wouldnt have been an event in 'your town'.