THE Bank Holiday Scooter Rally comes to Ryde this weekend, with three days of music and events.

Starting today (Friday), bands including the Style Councillors, Maybe Oasis and the Sha La Las will play at the Balcony Bars.

On Sunday, the traditional scooter ride-out will leave Ryde Superbowl at 1pm, heading towards Sandown and returning to Ryde.

It will be started on foot by armed forces veterans, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings, and the IW Highland Pipes and Drums.

The Armed Forces Scooter Club will then take over from the veterans and lead the ride-out.

RBL members will be collecting for the Poppy Appeal throughout the weekend.

Between 2pm and 5pm on Sunday, scooter riders will gather in the lower half of Union Street for a huge group photo.

Organiser Steve Robson said: "We are hoping to have about 3,000 scooters at the event.

"As well as the headliners, we have half a dozen bands who will be performing for free through out the weekend.

"There will also be stalls and, on Sunday, a custom scooter show."

The first scooter rally took place in 1980. Since then, scooter riders and mod fans have descended on the Island every August bank holiday.