10:30 a.m., July 22
Springs bracing for Hells Angels gathering this weekend
By Fred Sherwin
residents of Carslbad Springs are bracing for the arrival
of an estimated 500-700 Hells Angels this weekend as the
Ontario chapter of the notorious motorcycle club celebrates
its 15th anniversary.
to the national run, which is mndatory for Hells Angels
members, has ranged from anxiousness and trepidation,
to indifference and even heightened anticipation. A similar
gathering in the 1990s went off totally incident free
and other national runs in Saskatoon in 2012, Langley,
B.C., and Windsor, Ont. have all gone off without any
Angels members are normally on their best behaviour during
these large gatherings so as not to draw any negative
publicity, or upset their hosts.
gang has maintained a clubhouse on Piperville Road on
the west side of Hwy. 417, for the past .
clubhouse is on a large gated property that will be the
centre of the activities this weekend, although members
are expected to venture into Ottawa as well where they
will visit establishments frequented by fellow club members
in the past.
Southern Comfort BBQ, which is located at the intersection
of Russell and Boundary Roads, is adding additional staff
this weekend in anticipation of the gathering.
building where the restaurant is located has a long history
with local motorcycle clubs, and was once called the Oasis
which also operated as a strip club.
highlight of the weekend gathering will be a mass ride
to an undisclosed location for a "group" photograph.
the hundreds of Hells Angles members who will be descending
on the small rural community, local residents will also
notice a heightened police presence as the Ottawa Police
Service, the OPP, and the RCMP will all be out in full
force to keep an eye on the proceedings.
national gatherings give police agencies an excellent
chance to record licence plate numbers, provinces of origin,
strength of numbers and even individual identities of
hundreds of members,
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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