Goldwings to return to Scarboro’ in 2015

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Scarborough’s much-loved Goldwings Light Parade is due to return in 2015 after crowd safety fears put paid to the 2014 event.

The spectacular event, which raises thousands of pounds for Scarborough lifeboat, will be back on Saturday September 12 next year.

Organiser John Bates told The Scarborough News he had taken the difficult decision to pull out this year after huge crowds last year highlighted a number of safety issues.

He said: “The numbers of spectators at our charity event had grown year on year, making responsibility for crowd safety too big a problem for our small team of volunteers.

“But today we are delighted to announce that Scarborough Borough Council have stepped in to take control of the evening parade in 2015.

“This fantastic offer to manage the evening stage of the event now allows the Goldwings For Life group to concentrate more on bringing some of the best UK Goldwings to Scarborough, organising the usual daytime charity fundraising activities and promoting the 2015 Scarborough Goldwing Light Parade throughout the country.”

Janet Deacon, Scarborough Council’s tourism manager and Welcome to Yorkshire Area Director, added: “The parade has previously been a very popular feature in Scarborough’s events calendar, drawing appreciative crowds into the town, all eager to see the dazzling spectacle of the Goldwings.

“I am very pleased that we have been able to find a way of continuing with this fantastic event from 2015 and we look forward to working with the Goldwings organisers to ensure the event is the best it possibly can be.”

The Goldwings announced the news during a recent visit to surprise Hunmanby man Jim Barker on his 70th birthday.

Jim had always longed to ride on a Goldwing since he saw the bikes parading through Scarborough in aid of the RNLI. Jim’s daughter Andrea wrote to the organisers requesting a special ride for her dad, via the event’s Facebook page where it was picked up by one of the team.

For more on Jim’s special day, turn to page 84 in our Filey and Hunmanby section.

Sponsors for the Goldwing event are now being sought to help in any way they can, with advertising poster costs, tombola prizes or raffle prizes.

All sponsors will of course be mentioned in our dedicated website and Facebook pages.

Organisers can be contacted via goldwinglightparade@gmail.com