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Scooter procession roars through the area in aid of Sue Ryder, Thorpe Hall Hospice

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An army of scooters “brought Stamford to a standstill” on Saturday (May 12) to raise cash for a hospice.

Around 85 riders took part in the ‘Big Man Ride Out’ procession to raise cash for the Thorpe Hall, Sue Ryder Hospice in Peterborough.

Cancer sufferer Ralph Leaman lived in Stamford and died aged 47 in November last year at the hospice .

Doug Edwards, owner of the Stamford Scooter Centre, decided to give back to the hospice by organising the procession which buzzed through Stamford and other towns and villages.

Doug said: “It went really well, it brought Stamford to a standstill. It was an unusual sight. A lot of people were stopping and taking pictures and were wondering what was going on.”

Many of the riders knew Ralph, who loved scooters and was a member of Stamford Scooter Club and the Peterborough Lions Scooter Club.

The procession started at Burghley House and passed through Pilsgate, Barnack, Uffington, Little Casterton, Toll Bar and Stamford.

At the end of the procession, riders kicked out their bike stands at the Blue Bell pub in Easton on the Hill to attend a gathering which include a barbecue and live music and where trophies were handed out to riders such as ‘Best Vintage Scooter’ and ‘Best Lambretta’.

A judge of the competition was Jerry Thurston. who appeared in the BBC vehicle restoration programme, Salvage Squad.

Many of the riders taking part came from outside the area, including one from Chapel St Leonards near Skegness.

The money raised through the procession is still being counted.

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