Deputy Mayor Ronnie Crawford presents the cup
to Robert Watson
LISBURN'S Deputy Mayor took a nostalgic walk
among 26 vintage motorcycles recently and said he was thinking
once again of taking to the open road on two wheels instead of
Councillor Ronnie Crawford was meeting
participants in the annual 'Lisburn Girder Fork Run' organised
by the Vintage Motorcycle Club of Northern Ireland which began
at the Civic Centre.
Despite some early morning rain he enjoyed
viewing the machines and meeting their riders.
He decided the motorcycle he would most like
to take home would be a 1964 650cc Triumph Bonneville.
Mr. Crawford presented a silver cup to the
owner Robert Watson. Each of the other riders received a lapel
badge depicting the Sunbeam belonging to last year's winner John
As usual the badges were manufactured in
Australia. The run was organised by Lambeg couple David and Joan
Crawford who were helped in finalising the route by local rider
Mr. Snowdon led the riders on a lap of
Lisburn City Centre before once again passing the Island Civic
Centre aboard his old 125cc BSA Bantam.
A spokesperson explained the motorcyclists
then proceeded to the Shanes Castle Steam Rally via the
'beautiful Antrim Lanes and B roads around Glenavy and Crumlin'.
She said they were the first motorcycle club
to have been invited to the Rally and were 'extremely well
looked after' by the organisers who provided a marquee and meal
"On May Day in glorious sunny weather our
members returned to put on a static motorcycle display. Again
immense interest increased the club profile. Along with many
others we were very grateful for the shade, seating and
refreshments that our club stand provided,"she added.
"Many thanks to Lisburn City Council for
their sponsorship, to all who helped in any way to make the
Girder Fork Run and the May Day event a resounding success."