Chichester prepares for Ride2Chi

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A RE-ENACTMENT has seen motorcyclists preparing for this weekend’s Ride2Chi.

Last year, bikes descended on Chichester city centre and the event will be repeated on Sunday (July 27), with bikes lining North and East Streets.

Author Peter Redman found a photograph taken in 1913, believed to show the first meeting of the Chichester Motorcycle and Car Club.

This month, members of the Ride2Chi committee gathered in West Street to recreate the scene. Proceeds from Ride2Chi go towards the air ambulance.

Farid Ahmed, Ride2Chi committee member was handed the photograph by Peter and said: “I was utterly astounded. We honestly believed our event last year was the first of its kind in Chichester but here it is, literally in black and white.

“We were impressed by their turn out – in the days of no social media or even telephones. Mind you, the gathering did take place outside a trusty pub.”

The 1913 photo shows around 100 people with motorbikes lined up outside what was the Anchor Hotel and Dolphin pub in West Street.

This year’s free event, sponsored by Chandlers BMW Brighton with proceeds going to Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, will see motorbikes descend on Chichester from Northgate car park, with an estimated 250 lining up on display along North and East Streets for the public to view.

Any additional motorbikes were invited to remain parked in Northgate car park for the duration of the event.

At 2pm, the motorbikes will ride off the precinct in unison.