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Chester Lions Light Parade

Chester Lions are a group of people who regularly organise large scale events with a view to raising large sums of money for local charities.

They have a long history of organising such events and feel that a new venture for them to try is a GoldWing Light Parade.

One of the Chester Lions members was present at Llandudno on 1st October 2011 when GoldWings North Wales hosted the Llandudno Light Parade. He was that impressed with the spectacle that he has spread the gospel to the rest of his group and as a result they have approached Dave Crowley and I,  to see if they could organise a ‘Chester Lions Light Parade’.

Dave is not only a member of GoldWings North Wales but is also a member of GWOCGB, being active within the local region.

I must emphasise at this point that the Chester Lions are doing all the organising and have requested our joint assistance only to publicise the event within the GoldWing Community.

A Trike from 2007 BLP

They have sought advice from us on several aspects of the parade which we have tried to respond to as best as we could.

Here are the  details that have been agreed and can publicised.

The event is to be held on Saturday 21st April 2012, starting off with a static daytime display of GoldWings within the historic city centre itself. The Goldwings are to be displayed in up to 3 locations within the pedestrianised zone of the city centre.

The main display will be centred around Bridge Street just by Chester Cross. See the map here for location.

This street has many vehicle bays which will be the display area for the Wings. If this area fills up completely a second display area will be in Eastgate Street, the main shopping street just around the corner from Bridge Street.

If the day is blessed with a very strong turnout of GoldWings (and the Chester Lions really do hope so) a third area for displaying more Wings is just outside the Town Hall.

Bridge Street, Chester Daytime display

The Chester Lions members will be on hand to shake buckets and with assistance from the Wing owners take every opportunity to collect money from the public viewing the display.

Local radio is expected to have outside broadcast facilities present at the static display, as well as press photographers.

The static display concludes at 4pm and the area should be cleared of Wings. Those who have arranged accommodation can return and sort out meals etc, or for those on day visits there are plenty of fine eateries within the City Centre.

The main evening event is the Goldwing  light parade which commences with a muster from 7pm onwards in Castle Square, a large car-park just outside the City Centre which is easy to find. For the map to get there look here

The parade will start at 8.15pm from Castle Square and will have police motorcycle escorts for the whole route.

Old Dee Bridge

The parade route will take in one of the outskirts of Chester, Handbridge, and will then cross over the Old Dee Bridge and travel around Chester City Centre on a short circuit before looping round the outside and back into the centre where is it hoped that the main public display will take place, with the Chester Lions members doing a bucket collection.

Again local radio stations will take a big part in the evening with prize competitions. The Lord Mayor is hoping that someone will allow her to ride on the back of a trike in the parade and that someone will donate a seat to other dignatories and prizewinners.

At the completion of the Parade those owners who wish to take part is the Best Lit Bike competition will remain parked up in the City Centre while judging takes place followed by prize -giving at the same location or nearby.

Due to the small area involved for this competition, those rider not taking part may be asked to park their bikes away from the area in other side streets and walk back for this event.

Castle Square Mustering Point

The whole day has the support of the Police, and the  Council.

It is also apparent that Chester Lions are extremely well organised in making arrangements for such events  including road closures and marshalling various aspect of the event.

As the Lions have asked for our assistance to arrange attendance of Goldwingers Dave Crowley and I have been making enquiries locally for accommodation deals.

To this end we have managed to secure camping on the outskirts of Chester and a hotel near Mold, 8 miles outside Chester but on favourable terms.

The camping ground is the Chester Southerly Camping Park, which is situated just off the A483 and A55 road junction. the rates for those who quote ‘Goldwings Event’ are:- Caravans and Motorhomes with electric 2 adults £17.00 Tents with 2  adults  £12.75,  Tents 1  adult   £10.20.  This is a 15% discount over normal rates. They can be contacted at:

Chester Southerly Touring Park Balderton Lane, Marlston Cum Lache CH4 9LB Tel: 01244 671308  – Visit their website here and view a map of their location here

For those who wish to make use of the hotel deal we have obtained  – The Beaufort Park Hotel at New Brighton, Near Mold have offered excellent discounted rates of £60 per couple per room per night for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast, or £35 per solo per room for the same deal. This deal applies to the Friday and Saturday nights BUT this offer is open to those who book before 28th February as the hotel must release the block-booked rooms after that date. Again, the deal is open to those who quote ‘GoldWings’ when booking.

Contact Beaufort Park Hotel 01352 758 646 – Visit their website here and see a map here

The Chester Lions have asked me to emphasise that this is an event open to all GoldWingers, whether they belong to any club or not, as long as they wish to attend to make this  a spectacular event.

For more information on the Chester Lions please click here

Dave T.





  1. Fantastic price £60 for Dinner Bed & Breakfast in a top quality Hotel.
    Thought the price was a mistake I have already booked.
    At this price will soon sell out. (well done GWNWales)

    Graham & Jean Coleman GWNWest

    Comment by Graham & Jean Coleman — January 29, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

  2. brilliant chandra has just rang the camp site and booked us in for the chester lions goldwing light parade at a reduced price for wingers. looking forward to it

    Comment by jim & chandra — February 2, 2012 @ 9:12 am

  3. Well, the first of two Chester Lions Photo shoots took place to-day, we had a very good turnout of 9 Goldwings and quite a large crowd of onlookers. If the reactions of the public to-day is anything to go by, we should have a fantastic public turn out on 21st of April. Thanks to all who turned up with their bikes on such a wonderful sunny afternoon lol.
    Regards, Dave C………….

    Comment by Dave C. — February 3, 2012 @ 6:19 pm

  4. We have booked at the camp site as well. They have advised others have also booked. Looks like it will be a well turned out event. Make sure you ask for the discount price for the Goldwings.

    Trev and Jean

    Comment by Jean — February 5, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

  5. All booked up and we are looking forward to it. Great price for the hotel

    Comment by Carl Spowart — February 7, 2012 @ 7:43 pm

  6. I have just checked with the Beaufort Park Hotel, the rooms are booking up fast.
    There are 11 rooms still available from our block booking, so if you want one you will need to get in there fast, by the 29th Feb. at the latest.
    You can still get the special deal after the 29th but it will be subject to room availability, so get booking folks!!
    Regards, Dave C…………

    Comment by Dave C. — February 9, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

  7. is the photo shoot at smiths honda in chester on friday?? – i might be able to make it ..now working on agency

    Comment by dave — March 19, 2012 @ 9:02 am

  8. Dave,

    Yes it is on Friday.

    Dave T

    Comment by DaveT — March 19, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

  9. Thanks …have been giving trike a polish just in case

    Comment by dave — March 19, 2012 @ 8:45 pm

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