Vintage event from Leeds meets at Spa

Rockers Rumble
Rockers Rumble

ALMOST 150 bikers rode from Leeds to Scarborough on a wave of nostagia in aid of the Make A Wish Foundation this week.

The 147 riders were taking part in the Northern Rockers Rumble – which recreated similar events from the 1960s and 1970s and involved many vintage classic British motorcycles from the period covering the 65 mile route.

Rockers Rumble

Rockers Rumble

Tony Francis, one of the organisers, said the event had grown from strength to strength over the past three years with more people joining in every time.

He said: “It all goes back to the 1960s and early 1970s. I used to go to the Squire’s Cafe in Leeds. In 1968 I would’ve been about 16 and we used to leave the cafe and go through to Scarborough. It’s part of British history I suppose.”

Mr Francis added that a number of resorts around the country were welcoming such events because it provided a welcome boost in visitor numbers. “It brings money back into the town – it’s both an event and people enjoying the spectacle,” he said.

The day was also organised at the Leeds end by Karl Crawford and Neil Daniels with Stuart Hardy helping to co-ordinate arrangements in Scarborough. They are already planning another run for next year.