The 2017 Dream Machines motorcycle event has always been one of great excitement and fervor. However, this year the enthusiasm didn’t reach its usual peak, causing organizers to reduce the duration of the upcoming event. However, thanks to the ardent efforts of local businesses, the 2017 event shall remain alive for another year and will enjoy a full duration.
What led to this?
Due to a shortage of people to volunteer as marshals, the organizers of the Dream machines motorcycle event had decided to reduce the duration of the event to just 18 weeks. Since Poole Tourism provides paid marshals during the months of May to August, the extra volunteers are expected to ensure that the months of April and September are covered as well.
This did not happen until the businesses stepped in to rally for more volunteers. The Manager of Poole Tourism, Graham Richardson, appreciated the help offered by the businesses and said that their efforts have enabled people to enjoy the full 26 weeks of the event. Since none of it would have happened without them, Richardson now hopes that people come out in large numbers to show support and appreciation to the volunteer marshals and the businesses who made it all happen.
How did things change?
There was an overwhelming outpour of support from local businesses like The Lord Nelson, Quayside emporium, Poole Quay Fish and Chips Kiosk, all of whom rallied around the place to find more people who could volunteer as marshals for the event, in order to keep it alive. Thanks to their efforts, these weekly gatherings of the Dream Machine can now run for its full 26 weeks.
The owner of the Fish and Chips Kiosk, Leigh Whittall, said that the Dream Machines motorcycle is an important event for Poole Quay and has been held for a couple of years now. Not only is it part of the place’s heritage but it also helps by contributing to the local businesses in the area.
Leigh further went on to add that it is nice to see people coming out in support of the event, however, the hunt for more is still on as a larger number of volunteers will make the whole event more manageable and will make it easier for people to involve themselves in it.
Appeal for the Future
Graham Richardson felt that although this year’s event is going to go off without any changes, unless people come up and support the event, either by participating or volunteering, their next year may not be too promising. The possibility of the event not happening at all, also looms large, if there is not enough participation.
At the event, riders can get their hands on exclusive armbands for just £ 8. These will be available in a number of places like the Quayside Emporium, The Lord Nelson, and others.
The event will begin on the 4th of April, Tuesday, and shall continue until the end of September. None of it would have been possible if not for the rallying of local businesses whose perseverance helped keep Dream Machine’s motorcycle event alive.