Bike parade raises £11,237 for air ambulance

About 90 brightly illuminated Honda Gold Wings took part in the touring motorbikes’ annual light parade in Scarborough.

The event, which raised £11,237 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, began with a static display and prize-giving on the West Pier.

At 8pm, after dark, the Gold Wings motored out of the pier for a parade along the north and south bay promenades. The cyclists included the weatherman from ITV’s Calendar, John Mitchell. They were watched by hundreds if not thousands of people.

A fireworks display was fired from the south beach at about 9.30pm, courtesy of South Bay Traders’ Association.

The event was organised by John Bates with help from James Corrigan and Scarborough Council, which is responsible for spectator safety.

John said: “We had 15 more Gold Wings this year but not all took part in the parade. There were 120 Wings registered but to find out how many took part in the parade I suspect we’d have to count them on videos. But it’s safe to say about 90 took part”.

John has run 11 previous parades and is now stepping down, to be succeeded by his friend Phil Houghton.

Website: www.goldwing-light-parade.co.uk.