Vintage bikes on parade at show

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FROM vintage motorbikes and scooters to classic police cars and buses, crowds were taken on a trip down memory lane.

The Lord Mayor’s Motorcycle and Scooter Show proved a huge success as hundreds of bike fans descended on Castle Field for the action-packed event yesterday.

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth 2015 Motorcycle & Scooter show. Castle Field, Southsea.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150629-994)

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth 2015 Motorcycle & Scooter show. Castle Field, Southsea.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150629-994)

A ride-in led by hundreds of bikers travelling from miles around got the event started before visitors got to check out the stunning fleet parked up on the green.

And there was plenty else to do as well – with other vintage vehicles on display and live music for people of all ages.

Peter King, 72, a member of the Thames Valley BSA club, rode down from Camberley, Surrey on his BSA A10 1952 motorbike.

He said: ‘It’s been a great day out. The ride out has been nice and it’s been a good opportunity to have a chat with other riders.’

It’s nice to see the original bikes still on the road and people are looking after them.

Lambretta rider Steve Jones, 64, of Fareham

‘It’s nice to come out and support something worthwhile.’

Four-year-old Reggie Dandy, of Fratton, is mad about motorbikes – and that’s why his family decided to bring him along.

Dad Paul Dandy, 46, who also brought along his wife Becky, 37, and their daughter Rubie, one, said: ‘He loves motorbikes, it’s his hobby.

‘We bought him a red plastic motorbike for Christmas and he takes it around the park and rides it all the time.

‘He loves to sit on the seat of a motorbike all the time.’

Steve Jones, 64, of Fareham, has been riding scooters since 1967, and came along on his Lambretta L1 150 Special.

‘I’ve enjoyed wandering about and it’s about seeing the bikes you grew up with,’ he said. ‘I grew up with all the old motorbikes as well.

‘It’s nice to see the original bikes still on the road and people are looking after them.

‘It’s a nostalgia thing.’

Steve’s son Tony, 42, of Stubbington, said: ‘It’s a bit of a special spectacle seeing hundreds of bikes going past.’

The event, held yesterday, raised money for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, which during 2014/2015 has supported Pompey in the Community, Portsmouth Play and Youth Association, Salvation Army’s Haven Community Centre and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.