As you know the government has issued new rules of no more than 6 in a group. This has led to confusion and people are literally taking this as events of over 6 cannot happen. North Tyneside Council were still keen to have the socially distanced event to carry on. However our biggest concern was that if the Police went past and saw a load of bikes together they would start to issue fines. The police when contacted said look on the government website.
Both the RNLI and the Royal British Legion Riders have cancelled all events, this means that we would not have any marshals.
For these reasons we have had no alternative but to cancel the light parade.
Because of the Coronavirus, the government decided to give out grants to councils who put in cycle lanes. This also has happened here and has given us months of hard work to get permission to use the cycle lane. While we were told that we could use it initially, we then had to keep modifying risk assessment forms, method statements and so on, we only just had final approval the day before the groups of 6 law was announced.
The Park Dean Holiday Park will
remain open under their covid19 restrictions. The caravan park is unlikely to
issue refunds or transfers but please feel free to contact them. Our suggestion
would be to still come along and enjoy a weekend break, the organisers will
also be there all weekend. Sadly, it also means we cannot do any rides out as i
am not sure how the Police would handle a large group of motorcycles. There is
however loads of stuff to go and see around the area.
We are absolutely gutted that the event once again has been cancelled in the 11th hour and while the event was going to get run under strict covid measures, we feel because of the clear as mud law change from the government that this is open to interpretation, we simply cannot take the chance to move on with this.
So our sincere apologies but due to lack of support, ambiguous statements about the groups definition I do hope you understand our decision but remember please come up if you have booked a caravan and have a socially distanced weekend break.
regards .......Micky, Derek and Christine
On this website you will find all the details for the light parade. There's information for the members of public as well as the Goldwing owners who want to take part in the event.