Pure gold: bikers and crowds make event so special
Content editor Susan Stephenson shares her experience of riding in the Goldwing Light Parade for the first time. For years I have marvelled at the dazzling Honda Goldwings as they snake their way around Scarborough’s bays. These beautiful bikes create such a spectacle and the reason the riders turn out every year – to raise money for charity – makes it even more special. I have watched from the pavement many a time, wondering what it would be like to take part – and this year I was lucky enough to get my chance.
I was invited to ride as a passenger with Sid Wozniak, who has been taking part since 2010 and won the best lit solo bike trophy last year.
I felt very honoured as the bikes pulled out into Foreshore Road to be perched on the back of such a stunning vehicle.
The thing that struck me the most, apart from how amazingly comfortable the seat was, was the crowds.
There were thousands of people lining the entire seafront and they were all beaming from ear to ear. Young and old, locals and tourists, bikers and non bikers, as I saw people waving and cheering as we passed by, it really brought home to me the impact that this event has on the town. It lights up Scarborough every September in more ways than one and long may it continue to do so. My thanks go to Sid for having me along for the ride and to organisers John Bates and Janet Houseman and their team for making sure this event is a huge success each year.
Watch a video of Susan’s ride on the Scarborough News Facebook page.