Send-off by parade of scooters

PRIDE AND JOY -- Stewart Offiler with his 1960 scooter
PRIDE AND JOY -- Stewart Offiler with his 1960 scooter

THE International Byron Festival was given a rousing boost by Hucknall’s Blue Boar Scooter Club.

Thirty-five riders assembled for a spectacular display on the Market Place last Saturday morning.

With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in mind, one of them was especially patriotic. His Vespa was extensively decorated and even his crash helmet was festooned with Union Jacks.

The riders then staged a procession through the town centre, with police controlling traffic so that they could all keep together.

Their destination was Hucknall Leisure Centre on Linby Road, where the public had another chance to view the stunning scooters.

Formed in 1979, the club has preserved the name of the Blue Boar, which is now The Bowman pub and restaurant on Nottingham Road, Hucknall. The club’s present base is the Flying Bedstead pub on Watnall Road, Hucknall.

Still as popular as ever, the club has been looking forward to taking part in rallies at Cleethorpes and on the Isle Of Wight later this year.

The club’s ‘number one’, Dave Arnold, said the members were delighted to have been invited to help launch the festival.

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