Here’s a Christmas-related special feature (and a bit of a departure from all the stuff about Peak Oil as well, I’m glad to say!) This YouTube vid was shot by myself on Sunday 12th December 2010 in Shrewsbury during the Rainbringers’ annual Christmas Toy Run. The Rainbringers are a local Motor Cycle Club who organise this charity event in order to raise funds for and deliver toys to the local children’s homes and the children’s ward at RSH North. They’ve been doing this for years now and its always well turned out!
The event starts at the square in Shrewsbury, usually with loads of bikes coming out from all over the country, and the procession does a circuit of the town before heading for the children’s home in Monkmoor. They then come back through the town-centre (this is where the video is taken) and then head for the hospital.
As you can see from the footage, there’s a very eclectic mix of bikes and scooters (a lot of the local scooter-boys and Mods turn up for this as well – great to see them!) Some of the trikes are brilliant too!
This really is a cool event and I was very proud to be there this year (I missed it in 2009!) One of my best mates, Rik Jones, plays an active part in organising the event and dresses up as Father Christmas. Unfortunately, I missed him as he was on a trike at the front of the procession!
So what’s this got to do with Dragon Line? Well, the Rainbringers (and their predecessors in Shrewsbury, the ‘Breakers’) are a huge influence on the fictional ‘Heathens’, the Welsh biker tribe who appear in the novel and provide support to the major characters on their quest. So it feels like a fitting tribute to feature them here (’nuff respect!)
If you’d like to find out some more about the Rainbringers, check out the link below to their website:
Also below is a link to the Shropshire Star article on the event:
Until the next post