The UK’s first gay biker rally is set to ride into town

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HASTINGS has been chosen as the setting for the UK’s first lesbian and gay biker rally.

The event, which is open to all gay and lesbian bikers and their friends, will take place on September 18 at Azur at the Marina Pavilion, St Leonards.

Organiser Julian Langham, is expecting that up to 400 biking enthusiasts will attend the event, which is supported by Hastings Borough Council.

He said: “What started as an idea for a picnic on the beach has turned into something where we are now expecting a few hundred people. So I think it will be a really good event.”

The event will start from around 10am to 6pm, with bikers gathering in the car park next to Azur.

There will be a barbecue from noon to 4pm and weather-depending, attendees can gather inside in the sun lounge, out on the terrace, or on the beach.

Further details of the rally are to be confirmed closer to the time, but essentially Mr Langham sees it as an informal social event.

Mr Langham, who is himself from London, said: “This is an opportunity to find out the extent of the gay biker community.

“I’ve had a really good response, through the website and Facebook page. I think that a lot of people are excited about it.

“It will be interesting to see how far people will be travelling from.”

For more details visit www.gaybikerrally.co.uk.