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Lincoln Easter Egg Run

 by Roy and Chris

The past two Easter Egg runs organised by the Lincoln Knights Scooter Club to the children’s ward at Lincoln Country Hospital have been very successful, and they have just done it again. This event was organised by Emma-Jane Parker and Dave Walker of the club, ably assisted by other club members. The idea had been to start the rideout from Brayford Wharf in Lincoln but, imagine Dave’s and Emma-Jane’s surprise when, at the last minute, Dave realised that another group were holding their rally there on the same day, so an alternative venue for the scooters to gather at was needed.

Luckily Scott, the landlord of The Gatehouse Pub, stepped into the breech at the last minute. He opened the pub up early and supplied well-filled bacon and sausage baps, together with copious amounts of tea and coffee. The bacon baps were first class; I have never before been asked “how would you like your bacon cooked, sir” and “would you like more bacon in the roll”!! The Sleaford All-Knighters S C met in Sleaford’s Market Place for breakfast before heading off to the pub in Lincoln to support the rideout and deliver their Easter Eggs.

They had a cold and windy ride; I am very happy with my heated grips – they are very useful in such conditions!! Dave, the organiser, had been given a tip off that a local Tesco’s might support the rideout, and this they did with a generous donation of twenty eggs. All the donated eggs were eventually loaded into a vintage Fiat 500cc car; the ride out was due to head off from the pub at 1 pm, but a hail storm delayed the start by a few minutes.

Approximately forty scoots turned up at the pub; this gave a nice display for people passing by to look at and talk about. At one time even a police car slowed down to have a look as it went past. The All-Knighters blocked the traffic outside the pub to allow the scooters an easy start for the run. Leaving the pub the scooters travelled en masse.

The rideout went smoothly through the town and showing off the scooters went well. There were lots of toots on hooters and waves from pedestrians. Dave explained to me that the new venue made for an easier start to the run into Lincoln city centre. The owner of the Vespa outfit is delighted with it. He told me that his previous scooter could be a little difficult to start; however, the Vespa has an electric starter and it seems to go very well.

It was good to see the scooters turning into the hospital car park, where we were met by two nurses from the children’s ward.

Somebody found a trolley – this was needed to load the eggs into and to transport them to the children’s ward, which is a fair walk from the car park. The eggs were gratefully received, with smiles all round. Another job well done by the scooter community. We look forward to doing the same thing again next year.