Brid saddles up for scooter rally

HUNDREDS of scooters will be revving into Bridlington when the town welcomes 2,000 enthusiasts to a national rally this weekend.

Visitors on Vespas, Lambrettas and modern-day models are expected to ride in from all over the UK and even from the continent for the two-day event.

The Bridlington rally is the last of nine major scooter events held throughout the year and will feature a large trade and custom show at the Spa on Saturday.

Steve Foster, event coordinator, said: "It's the last big national event in the UK calendar. We first came to Bridlington in the early 1990s and we've been coming ever since.

"All the pubs around the harbour create a good atmosphere. The venues are great and it's a really nice town.

"Bridlington has become quite legendary among scooter enthusiasts and the event gets bigger each year."

Last year's event attracted 1,800 visitors and organisers are hoping to hit the 2,000 mark this year, with up to 700 scooters expected to be pulling into Bridlington over the weekend.

Events kick off on Friday evening with a get-together between 8pm and 2am at Leisure World, with a performance from Bridlington band The Sonnet.

Saturday's sees one of the country's premier trade and custom shows for scooter fans, with memorabilia, scooter parts and clothing on sale.

"There will be a massive display of some of the top scooters in the UK, with a combination of vintage and up-to-date models. People can come and have a browse round and have a look at the scooters.

"It's very interesting for anybody, whether they are into the scooter scene or not," said Mr Foster.

Bringing the curtain down on the weekend will be a night at the Spa complex featuring the band DC Fontana and a host of DJs playing a range of music such as 60s, indie and ska, between 8pm and 2am.

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