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Old bikers’ badge show

Monday, 3rd March, 2014

Twenty-five year members Don Bearman and Robert Reato with Ulysses National President Denis Paulin. PICTURE: Ethan James Twenty-five year members Don Bearman and Robert Reato with Ulysses National President Denis Paulin. PICTURE: Ethan James

By Ethan James

They’ve hit the highways across the country but on Saturday night members of the Broken Hill Ulysses Motorcycle Club converged at the Silver City Workingmen’s Club.

The club held a presentation night where more than 60 badges were awarded to individuals who have been a member of the club for 10, 15, 20 and 25 years.

While around 20 people were given ten year badges, the quarter century mementos were reserved for dedicated trio Don Bearman, Robert Reato and Alan Visser.

Secretary of the Broken Hill arm of Ulysses, Ricky Cooper, said the badges were well deserved.

“It’s a really fantastic effort and I’d like to congratulate all those who have been in the club for large amounts of time,” he said.

“Unfortunately Alan was unable to make it down ... but we visited him in hospital and he was just blown away.”

Ulysses National President Denis Paulin made the trip from his base in Sydney for the event.

“It was nice to be invited out here to do this, we’ve never been out here before to do this, so there were quite a few to give out,” he said.

While the club is renowned for eating up kilometres behind the handlebars of a bike, Mr Paulin took a different route to get to Broken Hill.

“We flew out here but considering the rains in Sydney and Dubbo, it was probably a good idea,” he said.

Ulysses is a social motorcycle club reserved for those over 40.

Members of the club rode to Silverton yesterday morning.

The Ulysses Club will be meeting in the Northern Territory for their Annual General Meeting later this year.

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