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We have been using the car park at Thornaby New Town Centre for some years now and a system has developed whereby everything works extremely well but we still need volunteers to help out. 
It is great for people to just turn up but if was not for the people who turn up early and control the situation things would not go well.
By now every rider will have received a comprehensive list of final instructions but just in case they have not been read this is what takes place.

The traffic lights at the junction of Mitchell Avenue and Allensway there are people directing bikes onto Allensway. Usually this is by Mal and his team.

The roundabout at Allensway and the New Town Centre Car park is manned directing riders into the car Park.

As riders enter the car park the Riders of Trikes. Motorcycle and Sidecars and Boats!!!! are directed into the layby which wil;l; have been coned and taped off. Davey and Chloe have been in charge of this post in the past.

If the riders are not destined for the layby they are directed down towards Lidls where they ride onto the paved area and turn right down towards the Lidl Store entrance. It is crucial here that riders are  aware of pedestrians and that also they park their bikes close together as room is at a premium. Normally Wilky and myself have taken responsibility for this.
When this area is full riders are then directed around the Brewhouse Cafe and alongside the entrance to the Eagle Hotel.
This route will be heavily pedestrianised and it is essential that the utmost care is taken. Volunteers will be need to control this area and the other areas mentioned.

If volunteers can attend at 9am that would be great so that we can control where bikes are left.

Just before the procession starts of the Trikes riders will be called forward to the area where the Police Bikes are parked. When the Police Bikes move from this area that is where the procession bikes will exit. The Trikes and other three wheeled bikes are asked top join the procession once every twenty bikes. Juice the Green Santa normally takes on this role and it allows us to spread out the three wheeled vehicles throughout the procession.

The procession will leave the car park at a very slow pace because otherwise the procession will be drawn out with large gaps. As the procession leaves the car park the lead Fire Engine will move in front of the bikes and lead the procession. Also for the first time there will be a Police Interceptor Car driven by Spike and accompanying him a TV crew.

The procession will move very slowly on to Mitchell Avenue and when the last Bike passes the Open Top bus on Mitchel Avenue that will follow the procession.

Due to a restricted number of Police Motorcycle taking part this year there may be occasion for the procession to come to a very slow ride or stop. to allow the Police Bikes to overtake and man certain Hazards.

Areas that have been identified for this as per the instructions have been the dual carriageway Stockton Road prior to turning left onto Church Road. Then there is the Wilderness Road as we approach Newport Road Roundabout and then on the Trunk Road prior to turning left over Coastham Bridge.

Also please ensure you are aware of the staggered riding position which is explained in your copy of the final instructions. We need to ride close together but safely. Ride smoothly and don’t leave gaps.

On arriving at Kirkleatham please park close together to ensure everyone can access the car park.


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