Scooter enthusiasts pay tribute to Normandy veterans

York Press: Normandy veterans Ken Smith (left) and Ken Cooke, try out a Triumph motorbike for size at the Eye of York, the start point for the fundraising ride, with bike owner Andy Wood of Ryedale Riders. Normandy veterans Ken Smith (left) and Ken Cooke, try out a Triumph motorbike for size at the Eye of York, the start point for the fundraising ride, with bike owner Andy Wood of Ryedale Riders.

DOZENS of scooter enthusiasts paid tribute to veterans from the Second World War with a parade in York this weekend.

York Inset Scooter Club have worked with the York branch of the Normandy Veterans Association for the last three years, helping to raise more than £3,000 for the group.

This weekend, a charity soul music night was held at York's Guidhall, attended by the Sheriff, Councillor Brian Watson, who also started the ride from the Eye of York to Scarborough on Sunday.

Organiser Nick Beilby is an honorary member of the Normandy Veterans Association, York branch, and said a share of the donations would go to the Moorland Rescue team. The rest would go towards sending the veterans to visit Normandy on the 70th anniversary of the Landings.

Nick said: "It went exceptionally well. We had a very good turnout, I would say about 150 of us. We should have raised a minimum of about £400 on Sunday alone.

"The ride was started by the Sheriff, Councillor Brian Watson, who didn't have a flag, so he used the flag from the Lord Mayor's car, which was great."

To donate to the Veterans Association, phone Nick on 01904 422120.

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10:30am Mon 28 Apr 14

Bad magic says...

To quote one of the more sensible commentators on this site: Brilliant, love it, more please!
To quote one of the more sensible commentators on this site: Brilliant, love it, more please! Bad magic
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7:30pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Malton-Man says...

The ride is a joint effort between York Inset Scooter Club and Ryedale Riders Club and the money raised is slit between two charities.
York Inset - Normandy Veterans Association
Ryedale Riders - Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team
As you can see from the picture the Normandy Veteran is sitting on a motorbike kind of gives it away.
As a member of the Ryedale Riders I know how much time and effort goes into organising this event. The reporter at this years event did take all the details but did not mention these in their report.
The ride is a joint effort between York Inset Scooter Club and Ryedale Riders Club and the money raised is slit between two charities. York Inset - Normandy Veterans Association Ryedale Riders - Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team As you can see from the picture the Normandy Veteran is sitting on a motorbike kind of gives it away. As a member of the Ryedale Riders I know how much time and effort goes into organising this event. The reporter at this years event did take all the details but did not mention these in their report. Malton-Man
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