Belfast Telegraph

Ulster Vespa club to bring 2,500 scooters from across the world to Belfast

By Allan Preston

Before cars ruled the road in Northern Ireland, the eyecatching Italian Vespa scooter was one of the more popular modes of transport in Northern Ireland.

The Ulster Vespa club was formed in December 1954 and prospered for over 10 years before the increasingly affordable car overtook it.

Reformed in the 1980s, the club will soon be helping to host Ireland's largest gathering of Vespas in Belfast, with over 2,500 arriving from all over Europe, including participants from as far away as Australia and Canada.

Taking place on June 14 on the Titanic Slipways, the Ulster Vespa Club has invited many of the original members to join in the celebrations.

Ricky Darrah (50) from Belfast is a founding member of the UVC's current incarnation and a keen historian of the local movement.

"We're looking for old photographs of that time. The Vespas were really ingrained into peoples' lives during that era and it was something to be proud of to be mobile like that," he said.

"We'll have a mass ride-out to Carrickfergus Castle on June 14, so that's what I really want to get the original members down. Just to be part of it, they don't necessarily have to get on a Vespa."

Mr Darrah has encouraged any original members to share their memories and to get in touch on 07368 304875.

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