A PARADE of about 100 scooters and camper vans through Hucknall town centre made for a spectacular feature of the Byron Festival.
But with the lack of a police escort, members of the festival organising committee had to direct the Saturday morning traffic themselves.
The destination was Lord Byron’s ancestral home, Newstead Abbey, where the Hucknall Blue Boar Scooter Club and the VW Camper Van Club staged a combined display.
A police spokesman said officers had always helped out with traffic control when they could but this was not officially part of their remit. Financial cuts had emphasised a greater need to prioritise the police’s commitments, she added.
The scooter club chairman, Dave Arnold, said he was delighted with the response by members of both clubs. Trophies were given for the best scooters on view.
A raffle was held for ward E39 of the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, where six-year-old Isaac Evans -- the grandson of a friend of Mr Arnold -- has had a bone marrow transplant, the donor living in America.
The prizes included a football shirt signed by Nottingham Forest players and Reds manager Billy Davies. Proceeds brought the total raised to nearly £1,400.
Bathed in glorious sunshine during the afternoon, the abbey grounds provided a picturesque setting for selections by Nottinghamshire Police Band and the Ellenismos Greek dancing team. Earlier in the day, David Herbert gave a talk on ‘The Little White Lady’ and there were poetry readings by Dr Peter Cochran.
A shuttle bus service between Hucknall Market Place and Newstead Abbey was provided by Hucknall Tourism and Regeneration Group.