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Poole Dream Machine Armbands on Sale Now at Poole Museum

Anne Simpson & Chris Smith Poole Dream MachinesSeason armbands for the UK’s premier weekly motorcycle event Poole Dream Machines have gone on sale today. 

Available from Poole’s Tourist Information Centre, which has moved to a new base in Poole Museum, the armbands cost £8 and give entry to the event for the 26 week season.

Alternatively, weekly entry is £1 per bike.  Armbands are available to buy at the event on the Tuesday nights, but riders will also need to pay the additional £1 non-refundable entry fee. 

Pictured Event Manager Anne Simpson & Chris Smith, Dorset Police BikeSafe Coordinator.

Now celebrating its 15th year, the event organised and managed by Poole Tourism, offersa unique atmosphere for bikers and spectators to enjoy a relaxed evening.  Meeting on Poole Quay against the backdrop of the harbour with a great selection of waterside cafes, bars, restaurants and food kiosks, the event runs from 5 April-27 September and is a central part of Poole’s Wave 105 Summertime in the Southspecial events programme.

Charges cover the running costs of the event, with any additional income donated to charities nominated by the event’s Volunteer Marshals.  Charities receiving donations in the past have included The Youth Cancer Trust link will open in new window, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance link will open in new window and last year’s nominated charity Dorset DocBike link will open in new window, which delivers emergency first aid tips, promotes safer riding and provides direct roadside critical care.  The scheme is part of Dorset Bike Safe link will open in new window, run by Dorset Police which provides training and information to reduce the number of bikers being hurt on the road.

Dr Ian Mew, Clinical Director of Major Trauma at Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and a Flying Doctor on the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, said: “The £2000 donation from Poole Dream Machines was the first public donation we received and helped us to get the project off the ground.  Without the support of our local community we could not fund the medical side of DocBike or carry the life saving equipment we need to make a difference and save lives. So a massive thank you to all the Marshals and everyone who comes along and supports the event.”

Chris Smith, Dorset Police BikeSafe Coordinator and event liaison, said: "Dorset Police are looking forward to once again working with Poole Tourism in our 15th year of partnership ensuring that Dream Machines remains one of the best managed and safest bike meets in the UK.  Since working together we have been able to reduce reports of anti social riding and biker injuries through our BikeSafe team.  This has seen a 90% reduction in collisions connected to the event and has saved lives.  We are an award winning partnership and long may it continue."

Bruce Grant Braham, Chairman of the Poole Tourism Partnership, said; “Dream Machines is a vital part of Poole’s summer events programme that makes the most of one of our greatest assets whilst bringing people out to support local businesses.  Over the last 15 years it has grown and developed into its current format as a hugely popular self-funding event that draws the crowds and we look forward to welcoming the riders and spectators who flock to the event each and every year.”

Bikes at the event enter a weekly Bike of the Night competition.  Weekly winners receive a cleaning kit courtesy of MucOff and are invited to return for the prestigious Bike of the Year competition on the final night of the season, 27 September, with the winner taking home prizes plus the coveted Midge Holloway Trophy.

See the full line up of 2015's Bike of the Year competitors or visit Poole Tourism's Dream Machines 2015 photo album on Facebook. 

You can also register for the Poole Dream Machines NewsDirect enewsletter or keep up with the latest news on #PooleDreamMachines.

Anyone with a few hours to spare who is interested in helping out at the event as a Marshall, please contact Anne Simpson on 07973 474050.

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