Scooter rally is Bridlington’s busiest yet

The Bridlington National Scooter Rally Trade and Custom Show 2012.
The Bridlington National Scooter Rally Trade and Custom Show 2012.

BRIDLINGTON reverberated to the sound of two-stroke engines once again as scooter enthusiasts flocked to the town for the annual scooter rally.

The rally and trade show came to the Spa across the weekend, with record numbers turning out for Saturday night’s entertainment at the Spa which saw 80s stalwarts Bad Manners play to around 2,800 people.

The annual event, which has long been a boon to the local tourist trade, provided hotels and guest houses with their “busiest weekend of the year” according to Bridlington Tourism Association (BTA) president Bob Hillery.

Organiser Steve Foster, of the British Scooter Rally Association, described the weekend as a “massive success”.

He said: “We had record numbers – about 2,800 – for the Saturday evening and we must have had around 4,000 during the day on Saturday for the custom show.

“It started off a bit slowly on Friday evening which was understandable because of the weather, but the weekend as a whole was a massive success.

“The Bridlington rally is the traditional end to the season and most people try and get across for it, so it always makes for a good weekend. We had a great time in Bridlington as we always do with a lot of the pubs putting on entertainment during the weekend as well.

“We’re already booked up and we’ll be back next year.”

Bob Hillery, of the Spinnaker House Hotel and BTA president, said: “There’s nothing else to say but brilliant, it was the busiest weekend of the year. There wasn’t a room free in town.

“We could do with one of those every weekend in the winter, especially after the summer we’ve had. We have had the same group in for years and it is never any trouble. Cafes, restaurants, shops, pubs – even the council – there isn’t anyone in town who doesn’t benefit from having the rally here.”

The weekend event is Britain’s longest running scooter only trade and custom show and also saw live music from Bad Manners amongst others including The Minx and Angelo Starr.