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Goldwings set to invade Scarborough

Honda Goldwing lit upYorkshire GoldWings are gearing up to invade Scarborough once again with their mobile illuminations show in a bid to top up the money they have raised so far for the RNLI lifeboats to £20,000, with this their fourth parade.


The evening parade will consist of the UK’s finest Honda GoldWing motorcycles and trikes each illuminated with show lights.


On Saturday 10 September GoldWings will begin to arrive in Scarborough from all parts of the UK for a weekend of fun, frivolity and fundraising near the lifeboat house in Foreshore Road.


Rowena Marsden, Events Officer at Scarborough Borough Council said: “The Yorkshire Goldwings event has become a firm favourite in the September events calendar for Scarborough as they provide a fantastic static display on the Foreshore throughout the day allowing the public a great opportunity to get close up to the bikes for inspection.


"However, the evening light parade is the most exciting and I was amazed by the public support last year when the whole of the route on both North and South bays were 10 deep with spectators and enthusiasts.


"I would like to thank the Yorkshire Goldwings Club and especially the organisers who put a lot of time and effort into planning such a well co-ordinated event. It is a great attraction which boosts tourism and brings a massive splash of moving colour to the seafront before the autumn draws in.”


Saturday morning will see a massive display of GoldWings begin to assemble and owners will stay around most of the day to chat with anyone interested in these magnificent touring motorbikes.


Some members of the Yorkshire Region of the GoldWing Owners Club of Great Britain, organisers of this event will be wearing fancy dress to entertain visitors and to collect for the RNLI Scarborough LIfeboats.


A few other club members will be wearing yellow vests as they marshall the bikes into position.


Trikes and three wheelers will be in the West Pier Car Park next to the Lifeboat Station and most of the solo GoldWings will be arranged down the promenade along Foreshore Road from the Lifeboat Station and south towards the Spa.


The Scarborough Lifeboat Supporters Group will also be out in numbers supporting the bikers as will the Scarborough 2nd Girl Guides helping with their Treasure Map, a new fundraising idea from the girls.


The Mayor and Mayoress of the Borough of Scarborough, Cllr John Blackburn and Mrs Jackie Blackburn, will be attending the display in the afternoon to judge the GoldWings and to present awards to winning owners.


They will be greeted by the club’s Regional Rep Janet Houseman and after a brief guided tour of the display, the Mayor and Mayoress will be asked to choose their favourite GoldWings from four categories, best GL1800 model, best GL1500, best Classic GoldWing and best GoldWing Three Wheeler.


At around 4pm the Mayor will draw several winning raffle tickets for some super prizes including a free 2011 Three Night Caravan Holiday Weekend, kindly donated by the Cayton Bay Holiday Park where the main body of GoldWing club members have booked caravans to celebrate this their final weekend event of 2011.  


Later on Saturday evening, the civic dignitaries will be heading the spectacular moving parade of light and sound by riding as passengers on GoldWing trikes, ridden by club members John Herrington from Scarborough and Christine Adams of Newcastle.


At 8pm the Mayor of Scarborough will start the parade from the Burniston Road car park by sounding an air horn.


The parade will head south along the North Bay Promenade, Royal Albert Drive, Marine Drive, Sandside and into Foreshore Road before going around the Valley Road roundabout and heading off back to the staring point where the event ends at about 8.45pm.


However, this year organisers are hoping to get the owners of a few of the best illuminated bikes to stay back after the parade ends so that spectators get a chance to photograph them as they park up for 15 minutes in front of the lifeboat house and at the Watermark Cafe in Prince Albert Drive.


In the last four years, the bikers have raised more than £17,000 for the Scarborough and Filey Lifeboats and they expect once again to swell the lifeboat coffers next weekend.


The riders chose Yorkshire lifeboats as a worthy charity to support when lifeboat teams travelled inland to help rescue Yorkshire folk from the floods of 2007.


In the last six years the Yorkshire club members have raised more than £32,000 for four Yorkshire charities, which include the RNLI Scarborough and Filey Lifeboats, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice near Sheffield and Macmillan Cancer Support.

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