LEGIONS of Lambrettas and a variety of Vespas converged on the Holme Valley for the second annual Scooters in Scholes weekend.
As we reported last week, the popular get together was resurrected in 2007 after several years off and this year included DJs and a party at the St George’s Club base camp and a ride-out from Scholes to Lindley.
The ‘Summer Wine’ scooter revival was sparked by a former village resident who introduced the rally tradition of a decade ago.
Giulio Armillei — known as ‘Dukesy’ — organised the annual weekend gathering at St George’s Club which ran for four years — starting in the late 90s. As many as 250 enthusiasts from far and wide enjoyed ride-outs in the surrounding countryside, a custom scooter show, plus music from live bands and DJs.
Then last year, five years after moving to Scarborough — and by popular demand — Dukesy revved up for Scooters In Scholes: The Resurrection.
The idea for the original Scooters In Scholes was born following a chance conversation at St George’s Club.
“I was talking to a mate of mine — we were looking out the back window towards New Mill and the idea just came to him — wouldn’t it be a great idea to hold a scooter rally in our own area,” said Dukesy
“To start with, we just organised a run-out to Scholes on a Saturday, starting in Huddersfield. We arranged to meet at the station expecting there would be about 20 of us, but 150 turned up! From there it developed into a full weekend rally with the field behind the club as our campsite.”