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15/04/2019

Southend-based motorcycle group The Oilheads has successfully resurrected the legendary Southend Shakedown, with all of the free bike parking for the day now allocated.
 
Since the Ace Café stopped running the event back in 2016, unofficial events have taken place but have lacked the organisation and funding required to make it safe for riders and the public.
 
With involvement from Southend Borough Council, organisation from The Oilheads and financial backing from Devitt Insurance, the Southend Shakedown Resurrection is ready to relive its former glory on Monday 22 April from 10am – 5pm.
 
The family-friendly event will feature live music on City Beach from Pure DC, The Post Floyd and The Poachers.  There will be fun and games for the kids, but most importantly lots of motorbikes! From bike clubs to display bikes to exhibitors, the support from the biking community has been overwhelming.
 
A new website has been created at www.southendshakedown.com with all the information needed for visitors, from supporters, organisers, entertainment and the motorcycles that will be on display.
 
Tony Lovegrove, founder of The Oilheads and vice-chairman of the Southend Shakedown Resurrection Committee, said: “Provisions are in place to provide parking for 3500 bikes – which we are really thrilled about. We would like to thank Southend council for its support and Devitt Insurance for its financial backing, allowing us to bring this event back to Southend’s glorious Victorian seaside venue. A biking event brought to the community by bikers.”
 
Adam Ball, Oilhead’s member and chairman of the Southend Shakedown Committee, adds: “It’s not been without its sweat and tears! It’s 10 months in the making and we are doing this all in our spare time – it’s a not-for-profit event – but we are passionate about bringing this historic event back to Southend – let’s hope it’s the first of many.”
 
Tom Warsop, head of marketing for Devitt Insurance Services, says: "We are delighted to be a part of the relaunched Southend Shakedown. The team has put such a lot of work into re-establishing this historic event and it made absolute sense for us, as a local motorcycle insurance specialist, to support its efforts. Good luck to everyone involved."
 
Cllr James Courtney comments: "We have been fully supportive of this community group’s enthusiasm to restore a well-organised and much loved seafront event. The passion from the committee and the community is clear and we look forward to enjoying a great family day over the Easter weekend."
 
www.southendshakedown.com