Vespa World Days 2018 arrived in Belfast
on Thursday June 14 – but unfortunately on the night of Wednesday June 13 came
Storm Hector and gale force winds
reaching up to 70mph with the
Vespa Village set-up on the Wednesday morning in the Titanic Quarter Belfast taking the brunt of the storm.
Mark Cooke and his volunteers who’d spent the last three years organising the event weren’t going to be deterred; they rolled their sleeves up and got stuck into to repair the damage and reassemble the Vespa Village. The mammoth task carried out in just over five hours was a credit to them.
On behalf of all the scooterists attending, I’d like to say a big thank-you to Mark Cooke, the Ulster Vespa Club, A2 Aces Club and all the volunteers who helped bring Vespa World Days to Belfast. A great achievement and thoroughly enjoyed by all attending. Thanks must also go to Niall and his staff at the Retrospective Scooters stall who worked tirelessly over the weekend and ensured that over 30 broken-down scooters were repaired enabling their owners to ride them home again.
Words: Rod Gillan
Images: Rod Gillan, Bill Guiller, Ian Hedges
[See Classic Scooterist issue 122 (on sale July 18) for full event report and more pictures]