Skegness Scooter Rally leaves town buzzing

Scooter enthusiasts gathered outside Trevor Burnham's Carmelle Hotel where some of them stayed during the rally.
Scooter enthusiasts gathered outside Trevor Burnham's Carmelle Hotel where some of them stayed during the rally.
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Thousands of scooter enthusiasts descended on Skegness over the bank holiday weekend as the town buzzed with its biggest rally in years.

Scooter engines, ska bands and northern soul DJs set the soundtrack for three days of motoring mayhem while riders soaked up the sunshine and welcoming atmosphere in their trademark Mod fashions.

One of the customer scooters on display.

One of the customer scooters on display.

Event organiser Dean Robinson felt the rally was its busiest in all the years since he took it over and hopes it will continue to improve over those to come.

“There were some superb scooters this year, their owners spend a phenomenal amount on them and they look fantastic,” he said.

“But it’s not just about the scooters, it’s about the music, the fashion and everything else that goes along with it,

“People like to come and watch the bands, enjoy a drink, meet up with some friends they’ve not seen in a long time and have a fantastic weekend.”

Some of the visitors at Skegness Scooter Rally.

Some of the visitors at Skegness Scooter Rally.

Dean, who runs his own flower business in Boston when he’s not organising scooter rallies, has estimated that at least 2,500 people attended over the weekend, as enthusiasts from all corners of the UK descended on Skegness in their droves.

As a massive scooter enthusiast himself, Dean says he is keen to make his rallies more like they used to be in his youth, when it was all about having a good time and less about the commercialisation of the scene.

“It’s about getting back to the rallies of the 80s and 90s when you could turn up with hardly anything in your pocket and still have a fantastic weekend,” he said.

“Some of the modern events tend to rip people off - but at mine you pay £20, get three days of camping and see six great bands - it’s not bad value really is it?”

Over the weekend bands and DJs performed at The Suncastle and Grand Central and a custom show and parts fair also drew large crowds.

Dean believes the event has boosted business for many traders in Skegness and hopes the council may support him in his efforts for future years.

“I’m an independent bloke and it’s costing me thousands to create something that’s bringing money into the town and helping everyone so it would be nice to get a little support in return,” he said.

Skegness and District Chamber of Commerce agreed that any events that brought so many visitors for the town were good news.

Chamber chairman Glenis Brown said: “It was clear from the merry throngs that were leaving on the Monday that it was a wonderful weekend and the scooters were a part of that.

“We are always delighted to have people come and enjoy our town and when they are good natured its doubly welcome.”

If you want to support Dean with sponsorship or cheap camping offers, call 07931 788260