I’d never got around to doing Rotherham Scooter Clubs Camping in Catcliffe rally before, even though it had caught my eye but 2017 was the year we decided to change all that. Having made plans for three of us to camp at the venue,  I checked the local forecast a few days before and saw heavy rain & thunderstorms were on order for the Saturday of the event!

 

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Not camping in Catcliffe

 

Now, not being the biggest lover of camping in the first place, straight on booking.com it was. Basically it meant no camping for me at Camping in Catcliffe. Come the Saturday we set off to cover the fairly short 60-odd mile trip and  with no problems we arrived around 1-ish, plenty of scooters and people were about, with a fair scattering of stalls selling parts, bling & clothes.

 

Having paid our entry fee, only £3 with our LCGB cards, (£5 without) we just managed to catch the tail end of the custom show results. The Ilkeston Britannia guys winning best turned out club with about eight tasty Lambrettas. Shortly after a chat with the Ilkeston lads & lasses, true to the forecast the heavens opened & we were all hit by torrential rain. The car park emptied in seconds with everyone making a mad dash for the bar or tents etc.

 

 

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Only around 20 scooters were left in the car park/come swimming pool at this time. After about an hours downpour the sky cleared & we made the decision to head to our digs and get prepared for the night time bash.

 

Having been (forced) to partake in the odd beer or two, until the rains stopped, we decided to leave our scoots on the campsite & travel to our digs via taxi, after speaking again to the friendly Ilkeston lot they agreed to let us chain ours up alongside theirs and they would keep an eye on them for us.

 

Fast forward to the night time and three freshly changed, showered and dry scooterists returned to Catcliffe for a night of music, chatting and beer. We were not disappointed as the music laid on by the band The Interceptors, was spot on, followed by some cracking DJ tunes, plenty of indie, northern & ska favourites played to keep the dance floor busy all night.

 

Rotherham S.C member Phil Deakin was overseeing proceedings most of the night with an odd venture on to the dance floor. All in all a good rally with good people and one us Black Sheep will return to.

 

Rotherham SC’s Camping in Catcliffe #11 raised £1,200 for a public defibrillator, which, I believe is to be placed at the venue.

 

Well done all involved, see you at the next one… Moxy, Scooters & Riders

 

Rallery by Mike Oxley

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