Northern rockers rumble in Scarboro’

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FANS of classic British motorcycles headed to their spiritual home – the site of the former Corner Cafe in Scarborough’s North Bay.

The event proved so popular that organisers have promised that it will be repeated again next May.

Participants met at Squire’s Coffee bar in Leeds on Saturday and headed to the east coast for a day by the sea.

Karl Crawford, the chairman of the Mugtown Rockers group, said they had a better turnout than expected because the weather forecast had been poor. He said: “It was absolutely fantastic. This is the second year that we’ve run it. There were 60 bikes for the run.

“The weather forecast put a lot of people off. A lot of the bikers have moved on to modern machines. You can get British bikes with modern reliability.

“It is pretty much as it was in the old days, in the 1950s and 1960s, we have a bit of fun and then ride home again.”

While they were in Scarborough events were organised at the Blue Crush and other events were organised in Leeds.

Mr Crawford added that during the course of the weekend participants managed to raise more than £500 for two charities – the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the National Association for Bikers with a Disability (NABD).

The original bike run ran until the last organised event in 1970.

Organisers decided to resurrect it to coincide with the 40th anniversary of its demise and every year it is growing in popularity.

According to www.northernrockersrumble.co.uk next year’s event will take place on Saturday May 12.