This breakaway group that was soon to become the ‘Hebden Bridge Rats’ began to hold their own meetings at the New Delight Inn at Jack Bridge near Hebden Bridge, to discuss and promote bike rally attendance (for the summer event?). However, just eighteen months later, the Calder Valley MCC became defunct and the New Delight Inn closed its doors, prompting the now established ‘Hebden Bridge Rats’ to relocate to their old meeting place at the Woodman Inn.
The ‘Rats’ had finally claimed the Woodman Inn securing a place to set down their bikes, hold meetings for charity events, organise tours for both the UK and abroad and hold events like bonfire parties and motorcycle shows. Word spread like wildfire about the club which rapidly expanded over the next few years.
In 2000, the Woodman Inn closed its doors for the final time leaving the Bridge Rats to relocate. The ‘Rats’ maintained presence on the main road through Hebden Bridge by moving to the Stubbing Wharf Hotel.
With the expanding membership the ‘Rats’ soon began to collect turnout awards at the larger rallies throughout England and Scotland, with the ‘Hebden Bridge Rats’ patch being recognised throughout the worldwide biking community.
The 'Rats' moved again, this time to Big D’s Diner and Bar for a short period of time with a final move to the Shoulder of Mutton in the centre of Hebden Bridge, where you can find them on most Tuesday evenings to this day.