The Oyster festival at Whistable in Kent is an annual event and this year was bigger than ever so a dedicated area was set aside just up from the harbour with loads of stalls, music stages and a fun fair. We were going to ride there and it was arranged that our bikes would park in prime position with a grand view of festival and the sea.

It’s always great to have new members join Meridian rideouts and this ride yet again was no exception. Despite the poor weather over the previous few days fifty of us set off with good weather all the way and would stay with us throughout the day. Winding our way through A roads and country lanes we pulled into our comfort stop in Bearsted. It’s always amusing to have on road surfaces abbreviated destination signage so fifty over us rode over a “Bear”! The Oak on the Green did us proud with a warm welcome, having opened just for us and then John Warr generously supported us with refreshments, coffees and cookies! Also to greet us was a photographer from the Kent Messanger and yep we ended up in the news! (Edition dated 27th July - see below). Always doing our bit for a good cause this stop was no exception where the proceeds of the comfort stop went towards The little Princess Trust (Provides wigs and hair pieces for children who suffer hair loss due to cancer treatment).

We then set of to wander the country lanes of the North Downs via the pretty villages of Doddington, Newnham and more countryside to the coast where we passed the famous Sportsman fine dining at Seasalter.

And so we hit Whitstable, along the high street drawing lots of attention, passed the harbour and  arrived at our prime spot on Tankerton slopes where the festival was in full swing with two music stages. All eyes upon our bikes as we rolled onto the reserved area overlooking the sea, the festival and the Harbour where loads more was going on. After an obligatory ice cream we all explored the area and a fine day was had by all.

Special thanks to the staff at Warr’s SE who look after us and then helping out as always for a biker in need whilst on the rideout. Big thank you to my road crew on the day, Assistant Director Dave Mann, Road Captain Graham Allen and ride marshall Barry Masters who all made things run smooth

Bernie Cresswell Meridian Road Captain.

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