Scooters parade for YAA

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Bikers, scooters and police motorcyclists are set to saddle up this weekend to raise cash for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Police off-road motorcyclists, along with Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team (NPT) have joined forces with Pontefract Scooter Club and the St Ledger Hog (Harley Owner’s Group) to mount a two-wheeled charity event and fun day on Sunday September 15.

The event will see more than 100 motorbikes and scooters meet at Xscape before setting off on a 25-mile tour of Pontefract and Castleford, then heading to the Railway Inn on Mill Dam Lane, Pontefract, for a fun day.

PC Ian Heaslip, of the NPT, said the event came about after a fundraising event for Beth’s Angels, the fund set up to support the victims of the M62 crash which killed Bethany Jones in April.

He said: “I thought we should do something for the air ambulance, so I came up to the Railway Inn to talk to Maggie Senior, the landlady, and she had a word with Mick Flint from the scooter club, and we organised it together.

“Then one of my colleagues’ husband is in the Harley Davison group, so they also agreed to join in.”

The bikers will have a collection at Xscape before setting off at 1pm on the parade route, arriving at the Railway Inn at about 2pm, where there will be a bouncy castle, raffle, food and live music, as well as the bikes on display.

PC Heaslip added: “The air ambulance is a brilliant service which has undoubtedly saved lives in West Yorkshire and which we are always keen to support.

“Every rider who takes part will pay £3 to a kitty for the air ambulance, so with those contributions and the cash from the fun day we hope to be able to raise a good amount.”

The parade route will see riders on the Normanton by-pass down to Heath Common, then return via Wentbridge.