Pure gold: bik­ers and crowds make event so spe­cial

The Scarborough Evening News - - WELCOME TO YOUR NEWS -

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.

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