We decided last year that we would attend this parade, as it kick-starts our triking season with gusto!
Being the opposite side of the country to where we live, and pre-booking accommodation well ahead of the event, we are more likely to set off regardless of the weather. We also have family ties in the area, so look forward to holiday breaks in Norfolk.
We set off just after 9am on Friday the 23rd March, on the Trike, with Kidogo in his trailer. The weather could not have been better, especially for this time of the year.
We stopped 3 times for short breaks and to let Kidogo do his thing.
We encountered very little traffic on the route, despite using the M54, M6 and A14; that was until we were close to Wisbeck, when the single roads came to a crawl.
We pulled in to a MacDonalds for a 4th short stop to allow the traffic to ease up, but were told by the staff that Friday afternoons were usually very busy.
Once we passed Kings Lynn the road opened up again and we arrived at Manor Park Holiday Village just after 5pm, having completed just over 233 miles.
We were delighted to have been given a 2 bedroomed Chalet that had just been totally redecorated, new carpets, fittings, paintwork, and radiators in all rooms.
It was a lovely way to spend the long weekend, very comfortable, and all for £72 after collecting tokens through the Sun newspaper.
The other Goldwings generally were housed in Searles Holiday Park this year (where a special rate had been negotiated), but there were quite a few Goldwings staying in our Holiday Village.
The weather remained kind throughout the weekend; in fact it was hot enough for me to get a little burned, there was no cold wind, not even in the evenings.
The Static display was their best yet with just over 90 bikes/trikes registered, and at least 5 other Wings parked very close by with other bikes. The display area is a large lawned area between the beach and the shops and surrounded by footpaths, and attracts just about every visitor to Hunstanton.
There was a large contingent from Scotland and Kent that arrived. The crowds were thick and we spent most of the day talking, either with other friendly bikers and ex-bikers, or numerous people asking how easy the trike was to ride.
One pair were absolutely struck with the idea of a trike and asked where we had purchased ours, so were amazed when we mentioned Appleyards, in Keighley, as that was where they live and the wife of one had purchased a Suzuki car from Appleyards, but neither had ever visited the Bike/Trike section. They said that they would certainly be doing so in future.
The Light parade in the evening went off very well, completely controlled, and quite a reasonable amount of spectators (far more than 2 years ago), so the event is becoming more well known.
We remember the first where we rode around the town twice and had to wave at people in restaurants to try to get their interest! Not so now, although a little disappointed that we only rode around once.
The route had been extended, but about half of it was residential and we hardly saw a sole watching, so perhaps not so well publicised as it might have been.
We did not attend the Lit Bike competition so cannot comment on to its success, but looking at the lights on the bikes and trikes on the Parade, feel sure it must have been spectacular.
We did not join the ride out on the Sunday either, as we had another long journey home on the Monday, but judging by the number of names that went onto a list at registration there must have been a good 30+.
They rode up to Wells-next-to-the-Sea where they spent a couple of hours to themselves, then rode onto Burnham Market for a short stop and finally back to Hunstanton.
We spent our Sunday strolling around Hunstanton, firstly around Manor Park Holiday Village, which was one of the nicest Caravan Parks we had visited. From there, we strolled along the Prom in both directions, and had lunch on the enclosed verandah overlooking the sea at the Waterside Bar, which permitted pets throughout. There must have been at least 12 dogs in the restaurant and verandah area.
On Monday we left just after 9am, and after 3 stops on the return got home just after 4pm without any hold ups anywhere on the route, in fact everywhere was very quiet, and the weather remained beautiful throughout, so a good weekend which we all enjoyed.
Needless to say Kidogo was photographed by numerous people in passing cars and vans, en-route in both directions, and was a real star during the Static Display, helping to bring in the visitors.
We look forward to attending next year’s event, assuming we still have the trike.
John, Marilyn and Kidogo.