Goldwings shine bright for air ambulance

Thousands of people were dazzled and delighted by this year’s Goldwing Light Parade on Scarborough seafront.

Huge crowds gathered lined the route on Saturday night along North and South Bays to watch around 100 brightly lit and decorated Honda Goldwing motorbikes pass by.

Goldwings line up ready for the parade

Goldwings line up ready for the parade

The popular annual event has raised tens of thousands of pounds over the years and was this year supporting Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Bikers came from far and wide to take part, including Nico van Toor, 51, of Emmen in the Netherlands.

He said: “It’s a great event and I really like Scarborough, it has such great history. I hope to come again next year.”

Fran and Gill McKenna travelled from Longridge, near Preston, to take part dressed as storm chasers.

Gill said: “It’s our third year now and we dress up every year. It’s a fantastic event with huge crowds all the way round.”

Scarborough participant included Brian Bean, 67, of the Redcliffe Hotel, who said: “I’ve taken part for eight years now and it’s a brilliant event.”

Awards were presented on the night for best lit trike and best lit solo Goldwing.

Trike winner Xena James, of County Durham, said: “It’s the first time I’ve won and I can’t believe it! There are so many beautiful bikes.”

The best solo bike trophy went to Dr Nigel Mackintosh, who lives in Mold, Wales and has been taking part since 2008.

He said: “I’m dead chuffed and amazed to have won! I did a parade in Llandudno last week, but Scarborough is one of the best, if not the best.”

The night was rounded off in style with a spectacular fireworks display courtesy of Scarborough’s South Bay Traders’ Association.