Loomie's Cafe saved
If there's one thing that bikers have over any other motorists, it's a sense of solidarity. It could be the knowing nod from one biker to another on a Sunday morning ride, or the simple act of stopping to try to assist a stranded rider on the side of a deserted B-road. For many, riding a motorcycle isn't a mode of transport to get from A to B; it's a way of life, a community of people with one shared love.
A prominent example of this is Loomies Cafe, a biker haven in Hampshire. The owners, Leon and Jane Torbett spent seven years of their life renovating and establishing the cafe, however they decided not to renew the lease and Loomies was to, sadly, come to an end. However, two patrons, Paul Fullick and Will Bainborough were not going to let go without a fight.
Over 600 riders turned up to a mass ride out last month, to say goodbye to both Loomies and the Torbetts, unbeknownst to them, Fullick and Bainborough had bought the lease and had decided to keep Loomies alive. Speaking to Motorcycle News, Fullick stated "they didn't want Loomies going to strangers. So I called Will and said... 'What about us?'". Bainborough goes on to say "Financially this makes no sense, but it's a matter of heart, not head", a stunning example of loyalty and love for not only Loomies Cafe, but the biking community at the heart of it who were evidently so upset, demonstrated in the incredible turnout on the day.
The sense of community is summed up from Jane Torbett, who describes her elation of being "so happy that the place we love will carry on!"
Quote taken from MCN.
25.11.2014 - MCE Insurance