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Bikies' comeback

Monday, 28th September, 2009

Long-time locals heading down the main street will soon come across a familiar scene from years gone by: an array of motorbikes lined up outside the old Argent Street Milkbar.

Former members of the Argent Street Bikies - a social group which existed in the city from 1970 until 1980 - will converge in the city over the October Long Weekend.

Reunion organiser Graham "Cullo" Cullen said it will provide an opportunity to catch up with old mates and reminisce about the good old days. "It's been 39 years since most of us have seen each other. "We just drifted apart. "I can't believe the interest has been so great." Mr Cullen said the group - most of whom grew up together - used to meet outside the old Argent Street

Milkbar and ride to Mildura, Adelaide, surrounding creeks and outback pubs. And they liked to party.

Mr Cullen said while some had passed away, most of them were now in their 50s and scattered around the nation and overseas. The reunion has attracted 90 people, including ex-members, their partners and 12 members of the former "Ex-Wanderers" bikie group in Mildura, with whom they used to ride. Those taking part in the reunion will meet in Argent Street at 8.30am on Saturday. They will then enjoy a meal at the South Broken Hill Hotel. On Sunday the riders (and those who now travel by car) will venture from The Old Royal to Silverton at 10am, followed by a barbecue and a few beers at the former Centennial Hotel.

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