Looking back on 2017 and ahead to 2018, it’s been a whirlwind of an experience.
At the latter part of 2016, we contacted the Mother Chapter of Peelers Lemc.Talks resulted in the founding Scottish members making a trip to the capital early in 2017, to be warmly greeted by club founder and President Boots and the other chapter members and being awarded the “prospect chapter status”.
We worked hard as a prospect chapter, keeping the faith, promoting the ethos of the club wherever possible. We rode hard, wore our prospect cuts proudly and enlightened those interested, who and what we, the Caledonia chapter and Peelers Lemc were all about.
On 5 August 2017, three founding members of our chapter attended the Peelers 5th Anniversary BASH. This was a most wonderful experience to be with our Peeler brothers and to meet members from other Lemc’s from here in the UK and Europe, enjoying some brotherhood merriment and song and to top it all we were humbled to be awarded our full patches and full chapter status.
From this point on it was full steam ahead for the chapter and our next big outing. This was to be Scotland’s own version of Sturgis, “Thunder in the Glen” held every August bank holiday in the picturesque Highland town of Aviemore.
Myself, Ninja Col, Prez and my wingman Gunz, VP, in the ride- out of 2,000 motorcycles on August bank holiday weekend 2017, Aviemore Scotland.
Run by the Dunedin Hog chapter, the event hosts up to 4,000 Harley bikers, with ride-outs, live music and trade stands. This is an event not to be missed and a great opportunity to spread the good word of Peelers LEMC. Wearing our three-piece patches did start a bit of discussion amongst the revelers and we were genuinely welcomed to the event and applauded for our chapter.
The chapter had one more, big weekend trip and this time we were joined by trusted supporters of the club and members of the NOBS (New Order Bikers) based in Edinburgh. Prez Col organised the two-day event that ran from the Scottish Borders to Campbeltown, on the Mull of Kintyre peninsula. The route involved three ferry hops, long stretches of open empty roads and stunning scenery. We enjoyed great food and drink and forged fantastic friendships on the road. We are lucky to have such support in the short time we had been formed.
The weekend also gave us the opportunity to patch in two of our newest prospects at the time, Maps and Tiny under the watchful eye of VP Gunz at the National Police memorial statue, Tulliallan Police College, Scotland.
Now in January 2018, we welcomed prospect Steve to the fold under the watchful eye of Sir Robert Peel in George Square, Glasgow, at the same time as promoting Tiny to Sgt at Arms. Congratulations to both.
We continue to grow as a chapter, learning as we go, slow and steadfast.
Thank you for the continued support and ride safely in 2018.
Much L&R, Ninja Col,
President Peelers, Caledonia chapter.