Scooter clubs’ charity ride

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Scores of scooters descended upon Preston to present selection boxes to Royal Preston Hospital for youngsters spending christmas on the wards.

The charity ride is an annual event for the two Lancashire scooter clubs which get together to attend rallies, events and rides together.

Father Christmas arrives on his scooter at Royal Preston Hospital

Father Christmas arrives on his scooter at Royal Preston Hospital

The scooter scene has been in Preston since the early 1960s with Preston Wildcats being established in 1972.

The Wildcats meet every other Monday at the Shawes Arms, London Road, where this weekend the two clubs came together to take their charity ride into preston.

Club spokesman John Billington, 52, says; “This is something we have been doing for 14 years.

“We try to get 500 selection boxes from our members and people at the pubs where we meet. We have lads coming down from Windermere, Wigan, Bolton and all over the North West to take part in the event.

“There are a lot of well established scooterists but it is not a clique.

“We hold a St George’s Day meeting where we put on a function and a disco,

“We attend local and national rallies every six weeks or so and we try to get to the Isle of Wight in August for the International Scooter Rally.

“There are about 5 or 6,000 scooters there.

“The great thing about scooters is they are all individual - you never see two the same. there are racing scooters, mod scooters, tuned scooters - as soon as they come off the production line people are customising them.”

Joining the Wildcats on the ride will be members of the Bamber Bridge Scooter Club, which meets every other Monday at the Old Withy Trees in Station Road, Bamber Bridge.