By Emily Pearce
Thursday, August 23, 2012
BUILT-UP seaweed was due to be cleared from Ryde beach today (Thursday) evening, in preparation for the bank holiday scooter rally.
More than 5,000 scooterists are expected to descend on the Isle of Wight for the annual event, which has been running for almost 30 years.
Entertainment will include a mass ride-out, international scooter show and live music from Paul Weller, Kinks and Small Faces tribute acts, and Simon Townshend — the younger brother of Who guitarist Pete.
Isle of Wight Council contractors cleared seaweed from the beaches at Sandown and Shanklin during yesterday morning and will tackle the Appley and Puckpool shoreline today (Friday).
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by Doug Bolt
28th August 2012, at 11:44:37
On behalf of all the Scooterists who attended this years Rally on the Island, I would like to say a big thank you to the IOW Council, Hant's Police, local business, locals, holiday makers and everyone else who made us so welcome. I personally had a brilliant time and I am sure the rally did bring a major boost to the local economy, that's why the council did it's best to clean up things like the seaweed and make us welcome. Hopefully there is a little more money in the pot to spend on improving the local infrastructure for locals like Sidney Barton who live there all year round. Thanks again.Doug, White Knights Scooter Club, Orpington
by kevin froment
24th August 2012, at 07:08:44
east cowes never gets a look in when it comes to having the seaweed cleared, on the rare occasions the vandals have left the paddling pool alone there are still very few people in it if the tide is not high, how those people in the cafe stand it is beyond me, i havent used the beach in my own town for years because of it
by Lee Majors
23rd August 2012, at 23:26:15
Robert, you should go to St Helens, and Hanover Point, see the seaweed there too, also try walking along Whale chine and seeing the vast quantities of rubbish washed up from different countries/chucked overboard from foreign boats. Remember that some countries do not treat their sewerage before pumping it into the sea, and remember also the saying, "and te tide and te time þat tu iboren were, schal beon iblescet" enjoy your day at the beach holidaymakers!
23rd August 2012, at 22:05:56
Sidney,,, (Morris Barton relation?) it is August Bank Holiday and Ryde will be heaving with 5,000 people, this is why the seaweed is being cleared, did you not read the story above?
by sidney barton
23rd August 2012, at 19:26:13
SO. the seaweed can be cleared for the SCOOTERISTS. why cant it be cleared for the locals who have to put with the stinking stuff. after all it is our taxes that will pay for it . THE SCOOTERISTS ARE ONLY HERE FOR 48 HOURS?????
by Andy Phillips
23rd August 2012, at 14:30:53
It's a shame nothing can be done about the tonnes of rotting seaweed at East Cowes, I feel sorry for the people who no doubt pay good money to stay at the Waverley Park site only to be confronted by the awful stench twice a day when the tide receeds, surely the seaweed could be used for fertilizer or could be used in some other usefull way?
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