Sunday's Tiddler Run by Jon Hill.
VMCC Reivers Section Tidder Run 05.09.21 .
(A Melodious Symphony, performed by the Reivers Quintet)
A need to reserve a parking place outside his A to Z Stickers shop in Westgate Road, Newcastle led to Mike Laidler’s acquisition of a humble Honda Melody. Taxed and insured the little machine has faithfully served this role for several years. Mike has since amassed five of these little scooters and regularly takes part in many events such as the Northumbrian Section’s VMCC Coast to Coast Run. His generosity also extends to loaning out these machines to other club members to savour the experience.
So it was that five Melodies were crammed into his short wheelbase Vivaro van for the Reivers Section Tiddler Run on Sunday 5th September 2021. Arrival at Adderstone Services on the A1 near Belford was soon followed by 25 other riders on a variety of sub 10 bhp machines together with the remainder of Team Melody. Also taking part were three generations of the Robinson family from Teesside. John, Bobby, and young Charlie were taking a break from their usual vintage BSAs and were on small Hondas, great to see them together. The start at 10 am saw the sun breaking through for what would turn out to be a glorious day. Taking in minor roads, the route took in the coastal strip to the east of the A1 with frequent views of the beautiful shoreline to the east. Heading south, zig zagging along country lanes and with the sun sparkling through the trees we took in about a mile of unmade road with the ever-present whiff of two stroke smoke in the air- what bliss! However, it all became a bit too much for the oldest machine, a 1947 Excelsior Autobyk, which cried enough as it nipped up near Ellingham. Recovery was in hand, and I am assured that the little machine will soon be up and running again. A Triumph Terrier was also seen having its clutch lever hastily repaired with cable ties (where would we be without them?)
Refreshments were taken at The Rocking Horse Café, where a discount had been arranged and the owner was seen eagerly photographing the assorted mounts in the car park. Suitably replenished we buzzed through past the Duke of Northumberland’s castle and through Alnwick. Up and over undulating land, riders travelled through the former mining area of Shilbottle and on towards Alnmouth. Picking up National Cycle Route No 1, the coastline was closely followed leading us all to Craster, famous for its kippers and time for fish and chips. Somewhere along the way a Puch Maxi had succumbed, and its rider was grateful to swap his mount for a spare Melody in a tasteful beige colour.
The final part of the route continued north and past Beadnell, Seahouses and Bamburgh with its glorious castle dominating the view. The sands at Budle Bay, home to many sea birds hove into view before riders continued westwards and back to Adderstone Services.
What a splendid day and many thanks to Mike Laidler for a well organised run with an easy-to-follow route sheet.