We hosted our popular annual bike show at the Wakefield Hospice May Day Gala, on Monday 3rd May (May Day Bank Holiday), at Clarence Park Arena. We have supported the Hospice for a number of years by putting on a motorcycle show at the Gala, which is one of many attractions at this key fund raising event for the Hospice.
Upon arrival at the site to set up the Yorkshire MAG stand, we found that we were not in our originally advised position, as that was taken up by a horse display team, that had to be moved at the last minute away from the noise of the fun fair. Instead, we had an elevated slightly sloping plot above the main arena. Initially, what looked like a poor position turned out to be rather good, as we were visible from the entire site, and next to the access road, whereas our original position was tucked out of the way and not at all visible. Every cloud as they say .....
We quickly erected the Yorkshire MAG stand, and populated it with lots of MAG promotional material, leaflets, posters, copies of the Road magazine, together with Wakefield MAG products for sale.
We then waited for the show entrants to start rolling in.
We had around 30 bikes in the show at any one point, with many comings and goings over the course of the day. Steve and Igor drew the short straw for the very difficult task of judging the show. We decided to award 6 categories, based on the bikes in the show at the time of judging. Several potential category winners left the show early so couldn't be included in the judging, including ex MAG Director Ian Churchlow's mint 13 year old Triumph Daytona, which would have been a possible winner of the best modern category.
The difficult decisions were eventually made and these were:
Another excellent show and a most popular attraction at the Wakefield Hospice May Day Gala. We recruited several new members on the day and Wakefield MAG product sales made over fifty pounds, which will be donated to the MAG fighting fund via the Yorkshire region. We also made a similar amount for the Hospice, through their donations bucket, located at our stall. We later heard that the Hospice had raised over £30,000 during the day. A truly fantastic result.
A huge thanks goes to all our volunteer marshals who put the stand up, manned it throughout the day, helped run the show, and packed everything back up again.
We will be hosting another show at the Hospice Gala next year, so hope to see you in 2011.