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Area Report - Windscreen September/October Issue 174

Following on from our last area report, we have received many pictures from our members trips to Normandy, some of these are added to the report. Especially noteworthy were some from was the tribute motorcycle ride for Colin Dixon made by his 3 sons Craig, Ashley and Wayne supported by his good friends Mick Edmondson and Bob Wales.
Whilst Colin had always said that he wouldn’t make it to the 75th anniversary of D-Day the group made sure that he made one final trip, as they we took some of his ashes in a pannier bag and he travelled everywhere with the group. Colin had ridden over 50,000 miles on his Matchless and visited Normandy 3 times, so this was his final trip.
During the trip they camped with about 100 other WD motorcycle enthusiasts at the MVT site at Entreham, pitching tents and raising the Yorkshire flag.

The group consisting of 4 WD Matchless bikes and an Ariel, joined many of the local parades and on their last day travelled to Courselles-sur-Mer to lay a wreath for a customer of Craig’s who had landed there on Juno beach on D-Day + 1. Courselles, was a firm favourite of Colin’s, so the group paid their final tribute to Colin and will keep those special memories.

Back in the UK, we have had plenty of summer events to attend. Those included Pickering’s summer fair and the Hull Veteran’s Association who were collecting funds for ex forces personnel suffering from PTSD who support to looking after 34 ex forces people some who are homeless.

Graham Golding with his dodge 42 ambulance John Collins in Land Rover 90 GS, supported and had a great day well attended by public.

In August, on the 11th to be precise, was our ‘new’ summer run. Our list of summer events seems to grow each year, such as Holmpton’s bunker bash and the area’s summer dales run. This takes in stunning landscapes, ending with a marvellous carvery overlooking Nidderdale. Well done to Simon Roberts for organising.
Looking ahead into September, the area’s "Crank Down” weekend is now on 27/28/29, normally a two-night camp, with free camping and facilities, on the outskirts of Harrogate, with a run out each day. There is also the possible promise of the ‘Bombers moon’ bar in attendance, so good draught ale will be available. Keep an eye out at our area website, if you wish to take join us.

Paul Mayo