Mod-ern feel to Grimsby and Cleethorpes Scooter Scene Rally
HORNS honked, engines roared and thousands of pounds were raised for charities at a scooter rally.
The first rally organised by the Grimsby and Cleethorpes Scooter Scene (GCSS) this year went off with a bang as 600 scooterists and campers descended on the Linden Homes Club, in Clee Road, over the bank holiday weekend.
And everyone there had two missions in mind – to have as much fun and to raise as much money as possible, which they succeeded in doing.
Organiser and chairman of GCSS George Holness said: “This is the first we have done this year and it is going great. Once the music starts there will be a real party atmosphere.
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“All the money raised here will go to local charities, which is what it is all about.”
Last year the club held its rally at Lucarlys in Wilton Road, Humberston and raised £3,000 for When You Wish Upon A Star.
But while fundraising is at the forefront of the event, partying is definitely a close second.
There were five live bands, games, food, and a healthy amount of drinking after hours.
John Turner showed up on his black Vespa 125. He said: “We had a party last night and there will be one tonight, too. It is all about having a good time and chilling out with your mates. We got soaked by the rain last night but that doesn’t bother us.”
The rally brought together gangs of scooterists from across the area who all come under the umbrella group of GCSS.
One gang was the FOS Tours, who recently returned from a 500-mile ride round Germany.
Family man, Alan Gibson, decorates his scooter with photographs of his wife, children, grandchildren and parents. He said: “It is a great lifestyle. You are with your mates all the time.”
Kevin and Cynthia Rowson have returned to the scooter life now their children have grown up. They belong to the Under Fives Scooter Club.
Kevin, who rode a scooter in the 1970s, said: “I love the music that goes with it, we are reliving our youth. There is a really good local crowd, we have a great laugh.”
Many pitched tents and camped for the weekend while locals came to party with them late into the night.
Danielle Newton, 22, brought her two-year-old son, Rhys Walker who has his very own mini-scooter.
She said: “Rhys loves looking at all the different scooters. We have started him young but he loves it!”
Among the band of organisers making sure the weekend ran smoothly was Rod “The Mod” Wraith, proud owner of the Ginger Vespa, a 1984 PX model.
He said: “It has been a team effort. For me, the weekend is all about raising money for the charities. It is a good chance to meet new people, too.
“I use my scooter every day, whether it is raining, snowing or icy. I love it.”
Friend Kol Williams rides a Lambretta. He believes the scooter scene in Grimsby and Cleethorpes is growing. He added: “There are a lot of people getting back into it. It is a good lifestyle to lead. We all get together and have a good time. There is always a good crowd here.”