Fans of the Skegness Motor Cycle Club congregated in the Suncastle in Skegness for the group’s 54th annual dinner dance on Saturday evening.
Those present had been hoping to meet the team manager of Honda UK as speaker.
But with regret the Secretary, Mrs Nancy Wilson, had to inform the 80 guests that Havier Beltran had been forced to call off that day for health reasons, and Mr David Craggs had agreed to come along at short notice to talk about his time as MC for classic shows for 15 years.
The president Mr Bryan Rust welcomed everyone, especially some of the party that turn up every year from a wide area - including Rutland, Oxford and Leicester - as well as the 16” Wheelers who were attending for the 19th year.
Nick Barker, vice chairman, reviewed the events of the last year.
David Craggs, as speaker, said how, as a club member in the days of Mrs Bingham in the early days of the club, he rode at Cadwell on a Manx Norton. After that he bought a machine from the club’s present president. He went on to list the stars of motor cycling he had worked with, from John Noakes of Blue Peter fame to Carl Fogerty, Phil Read to Agostine.
He was then asked to present the trophies, which were awarded as follows: Natalie Grice-Rutter (Bowling Ladies), Dave Tellefsun (Gents Bowling Bert Burr Trophy), Reuben Stainton (Trials Reg Knight trophy, Julita Challenge trophy and Ben Pocklington Clubman trophy), Nick Barker (Geo Ingham Trophy), George Rutter (Novice Overton Trophy), Robin Walker and Pete Crow (Barrand Trophy joint winners).
The Ausin Munks Shield for the highest Lincolnshire rider finishing in the Manx Grand Prix was Jason Markham, who is sponsored by his army unit and came along in his uniform from Bulford Camp in Wiltshire.
Nancy, as secretary, presented flower arrangments to lady chairman Mrs Craggs, Mrs Tagg and Mrs Bainbridge for their help and donations to the years of work. She was then presented with a thank you gift for her work in organising the dinner event for yet another year’s enjoyment with friends.