Mods roll back the years for bank holiday ride in Belfast
A volley of Vespas shot off from Belfast City Hall yesterday as scooter fans took part in the annual May bank holiday ride.
Hundreds of the vehicles took several minutes to surge off from Donegall Square along Chichester Street, in a spectacular ride-out reminiscent of scenes from the swinging Sixties.
May Day has become a traditional celebration for scooter lovers, as fans in cities across the UK emulate treks made by London-based groups to south coast resorts such as Brighton and Hastings since 1964.
This year's run in England saw hundreds of bikers heading towards the coast yesterday face delays due to a serious crash in Kent.
A motorcyclist thought to be travelling to the rally was seriously injured in a collision on the coastbound A21, with the road closed for several hours.