Riders dare to bare in road safety protest

"Naked" horse riders who are parading through Morecambe for the Slow Down for My Horse Campaign. Danielle Marriott
"Naked" horse riders who are parading through Morecambe for the Slow Down for My Horse Campaign. Danielle Marriott
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Dozens of semi-naked horse riders paraded through the streets to highlight road safety dangers.

Sonia Withers, who lost her horse in a horrific accident, took to the streets of Morecambe with around 50 other riders this weekend in a bid to highlight the dangers they face.

Photo Neil Cross'"Naked" horse riders who are parading through Morecambe for the Slow Down for My Horse Campaign.

Photo Neil Cross'"Naked" horse riders who are parading through Morecambe for the Slow Down for My Horse Campaign.

The 49-year-old modern-day Lady Godiva said drivers’ attitudes have not changed since she lost her horse Rocky 13 years ago in a car crash.

Rocky had to be put down at the scene on Hasty Brow Road, Lancaster, and Sonia suffered major bruising in the incident.

“It has got worse since my accident,” she said. “The more cars on the road, the more dangerous it is for us. People think all horse riders are posh but we are not, we work hard for a living.

“This protest is the first of many, we do need somewhere to go.” The horse riders protested through the town centre on Saturday from York Bridge.

We want to let people know we are supposed to be there without the abuse. Everybody was fine with the nakedness, I didn’t ask anyone to do something they weren’t comfortable with.

Sharon Monks

Organiser of the protest Sharon Monks is urging Lancashire County Council to take more notice.

She said: “I’ve asked the council to put horse signs up on the cycle tracks because we have right of way as well.

“We want to let people know we are supposed to be there without the abuse. Everybody was fine with the nakedness, I didn’t ask anyone to do something they weren’t comfortable with.”

Lancashire County Council said: “We would like to increase the number of bridleways in the county as we recognise that there is only a limited number of paths open to horse riders, and will take every opportunity to secure new routes whenever possible.

"Naked" horse riders who are parading through Morecambe for the Slow Down for My Horse Campaign. Cheryl Monks

"Naked" horse riders who are parading through Morecambe for the Slow Down for My Horse Campaign. Cheryl Monks

“However, we have received a lot of complaints about the use of horses on the cycle path between Lancaster and Morecambe over the years, and would need to take this into account in considering any proposal 
to allow horses to use this path.”

'Naked' horse riders who are  parading through Morecambe for the Slow Down for My Horse Campaign. Danielle Marriott.

'Naked' horse riders who are parading through Morecambe for the Slow Down for My Horse Campaign. Danielle Marriott.

'Naked' horse riders who are parading through Morecambe for the Slow Down for My Horse Campaign.

'Naked' horse riders who are parading through Morecambe for the Slow Down for My Horse Campaign.