Good Morning Folks
Sorry for the very early posting of this “Double Report” but I am off to Glasgow for 10 days to volunteer as a “Clydesider” so I needed to post this before catching the train!!! This morning we have a special report in as much as it is the first to include contributions from two sources! Today’s article is written by Roy B and firstly Helen B (No relation).
Bowring Park, Wellington was a blaze of colour this afternoon as visitors celebrated and enjoyed the Telford Lions Day on Wheels Event. Organisers must have been watching the weather forecast with bated breath as the morning cloud and rain disappeared right on cue and was replaced by beautiful sunshine!
As people arrived they were greeted with an abundance of attractions. Classic cars, scooters and motorbikes, military vehicles and representation from the emergency services, lions clubs and the RAF cadets to name a few. Games, tombola stalls and arena events kept guests occupied as they browsed the charity and commercial stands, not forgetting the funfair and food outlets!!
SSBB were much in evidence with their bright red gazebo, two livered blood bikes and our ever popular mini moto for the children. A flying visit from Howie J to help set up then Jonathan H, Roy B, Nigel B, Chris P and Helen B spent an enjoyable sunny few hours talking to people about the passion we have for this charity called SSBB!! £42.42 was received in donations during the day, lots of new friends were made, awareness raised and a couple of potential new riders showed great interest.
We met Steve Beach, Chair of Telford Lions and his guests and we thank them for the opportunity of being part of their wonderful day.
My day as duty rider for Shropshire & Staffordshire Blood Bikes. Checked in with controller Andrew S at 06:50 “ready to ride”. Just poured a cup of fresh coffee when first “shout” came in at 08:36. Collected urgent sample from RSH at 08:57, rode through the early morning rain to complete the delivery to NBT at the QE Birmingham.
Back through the city centre to arrive at the Telford Lions event in Wellington at 11:20. Met Percy Simmonds the Town Cryer (Pictured with Helen B), the President of Telford Lions Steve Beach and the Mayor of Wellington Cllr Karen Thomlinson. Second duty ‘shout’ came in at 14:31, urgent samples collected from PRH and delivered to RSH, returning back to Wellington at 15:30.
Met Steve Petty lead guitarist with Redline Ignition, famous for the ‘King of the Mountain’ theme used by ITV for its TT coverage (Check it out on iTunes!). Thanks to Chris P, Jon H and ‘two bikes’ Nigel B who takes over the night shift.
As you can see, the event was a great success and it is always interesting to get two slightly different perspectives on the event, one from a fundraiser/controller, the other a rider! If you are interested to find out more about the event, then there is a small write up and plenty of pictures on the in the Telford Lions Facebook Page!