Ayres rocks as Mayor dons leathers at Hunstanton Goldwing celebration

Borough Mayor Cllr Barry Ayres aboard Tony Ripper's trike surrounded by Goldwings riders. MLNF15EB03601 ANL-150324-173125001
Borough Mayor Cllr Barry Ayres aboard Tony Ripper's trike surrounded by Goldwings riders. MLNF15EB03601 ANL-150324-173125001
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In the sixth year of the Norfolk Goldwings light parade, borough mayor Barry Ayres climbed aboard to take a spin around Hunstanton.

He hitched a lift on the pillion of the trike of the oldest member of the group, 73-year-old Tony Ripper, at the event on Saturday evening.

Accompanied by 30 decorated Goldwings, the mayor braved a bitter wind for this annual event in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Throughout the day members of the Goldwings’ members had mounted a display of their vehicles on the Green, inviting the public to vote for the best bike and collecting for the charity.

Organiser Paula Penn from Norfolk Goldwings said: “This year we have clubs from Kent, Wales, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and London joining the Norfolk Goldwings for this event and we will be presenting a cheque for just over £2,000 that has been collected over the last year to the East Anglian Air Ambulance at Searles Leisure Resort, our weekend base for this event.”

Mr Ayres said: “It is absolutely brilliant that people give up their time and put on such a splendid show; it is a real spectacle and, of course, it is for an extremely good cause.

“I’m very pleased to be here supporting such an important event for Hunstanton and the Air Ambulance.”

Honda Goldwing machines are at the luxury end of the motorcycle market – a sort of oriental equivalent to the American-made Harley Davidson.

They are intended for the long-distance tourer – or in the case of those going to Hunstanton, those intent on making a fine show of a parade!