Big 7 was set to be the first National (that was likely to go ahead) since Southport 2019, with a date just four days after the planned 21st June easing of restrictions it was always going to be touch and go but Big 7 were determined to put the event on if at all possible. Sadly there is no way that can now go ahead.
We spoke to one of the organisers, Mark Knapman, about the now-cancelled Big 7 Scooter Rally. Mark told us “After all the work and organisation that’s gone into our 2021 rally, we are absolutely gutted that it has got to be cancelled for the second year running. We’d sold over 2000 advance wristbands since March, which is over three times what we’d have normally sold and everything from Marquee hire, food vendors, DJ’s and Bands were all gearing up for their first event in over a year. We are now in the process of informing everyone concerned of this disappointing news and we will also be providing information very soon on how everyone can either get a refund for this year’s rally or roll their tickets over to 2022. Let’s hope that things get back to normal soon, future Nationals can take place and we can all enjoy the rest of the scootering season.”
The organisers behind Cleethorpes, (Mansfield Monsters SC and Olympics SC) have kept Cleethorpes rally information deliberately quiet all year. Behind the scenes, they’ve been planning and booking as much as possible in the months leading up to the rally and things were looking good. They were always very aware that things might not pan out as expected. As such, they’ve done no advertising and haven’t even set up an event page on Facebook for it. They were waiting for the June announcement from the government before publicising anything.
With no evening entertainment permitted under current extended restrictions (as in no do) and the planned campsite still falling under strict social distancing rules set out by the local council (who own the Meridian campsite) the organisers have been given no choice but to cancel this very popular event. A spokesman for the Mansfield Monsters said “We’re sorry to have to disappoint everybody but the nature of this pandemic means we have no option. We were hoping for a great get together after such a long spell away from the rallies and of course after being absent from the town for a couple of years. We hope we can all be together again somewhere before this year is out.”
The difference with Big 7 and Cleethorpes is that Cleethorpes is a town with lots of B&B accommodation, as well as caravan sites so it’s likely that many scooterists with accommodation pre-booked and paid for will still go for the weekend. The town itself is always packed in summer, even without a scooter rally and getting into a pub is hard work. Trying to get a drink with ‘rules of six’ and ‘table service only’ is going to make things a whole lot worse for anybody still planning to attend.