Goldwings roar into Scarborough for the final time

Riders set off on last year's Goldwing Light Parade along the seafront.
Riders set off on last year's Goldwing Light Parade along the seafront.
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Scarborough’s much-loved Goldwing Light Parade has roared into town for the sixth and final time today.

Last week The Scarborough News revealed the popular RNLI fundraiser is to be axed as organisers feel unable to continue with the demands associated with staging the event.

But although the main organiser John Bates says he is “heartbroken” to see the annual parade come to an end, the team is determined to go out with a bang.

He said: “We’ve gone to great lengths to make it work, but the event has become a victim of its own success. The responsibility has become too great for a small group of volunteers.

“However, we’re going to make sure it goes out on a high and we wish to thank everyone for all their support in making the event a success over the years.”

This year’s static motorcycle display will centre around the lifeboat station in Foreshore Road until 4.30pm.

Then at 8pm, around 200 dazzling Goldwings will parade along Scarborough’s North and South Bay promenades to the delight of spectators.

There will also be family events taking place throughout the day, including a tombola, raffle, face-painting and bungee jumping.

It is not certain whether anyone else will step in and offer to run the event in future years, but Mr Bates said he would be delighted if someone did come forward.

He added: “The public’s support to date has helped to raise £27,270 for RNLI Lifeboats and we hope their continued support will help us reach a total of £30,000.”

The event will culminate in a musical fireworks spectacular, which will light up the South Bay at 9.30pm.

Spectators will be able to enjoy a melodic firework experience by tuning in to Yorkshire Coast Radio, which is providing musical accompaniment.

It has been funded by members of the South Bay Traders Association, with support from Welcome to Yorkshire and Scarborough Borough Council’s tourism team.

The Starfire spectacular is one of three to be staged as part of a new initiative to extend the summer season - the first took place on August 31 and the final display will be held next Saturday.

John Senior, chairman of South Bay Traders Association, said: “Judging by the reaction of the large gathered crowd and subsequent texts, it was very well received and the musical accompaniment was inspired and superbly delivered. Well done and thanks to all who helped.”

The Honda Goldwing Light Parade has attracted motorcyclists from across the world, bringing riders, their families and visitors into Scarborough.

In the last five years more than £27,000 has been raised for Scarborough and Filey RNLI Lifeboats.

• See Thursday’s Scarborough News for a full report and photographs