Losing a goldmine

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LOOK Blackpool – this is what you could have had!

It’s claimed the resort missed out on attracting hundreds of visitors after red tape forced bikers to pull the plug on a traditional convoy along the Promenade.

The Federation of UK GoldWing Clubs had enjoyed eight years of putting on a sparkling display riding their illuminated Honda motorbikes through the Lights.

But they claim they were forced to move the parade to Llandudno after Blackpool Council failed to co-operate when the federation suggested closing sections of the Promenade to transform the parade into a carnival event.

Federation secretary Stuart Ormerod said: “It was disappointing the council, at a senior level, did not respond to this idea for an even better free event. But we have just had a very successful alternative event in Llandudno. Blackpool Council shot itself in the foot.”

Hundreds of people lined the streets in the Welsh seaside resort to admire the bikers on their machines.

Mr Ormerod added: “There were 140 GoldWings during the afternoon charity display, which raised more than £2,700 for the RNLI and more than 100 bikes took part in the parade. These are above expectations for the first year.

“We’re also exploring the options for events in Southport and Morecambe too. We’ve learned we can do without Blackpool’s appalling traffic control on the Promenade.”

Coun Graham Cain, cabinet member for tourism and culture at Blackpool Council, said: “We are disappointed the parade didn’t take place this year, it’s usually held the night after the Illuminations Switch On, due to the nature of the event and a number of safety concerns it wasn’t feasible to close the road for the parade to take place. We offered the organisers alternative dates but unfortunately we were unable to reach a compromise.”