On Saturday July 12, scooter enthusiasts from across the country will be heading to Lincoln for the highlight of the scootering year.

Scoot to the Waterfront will see the Brayford pool area of the city filled with hundreds of eye-catching vehicles, from classic Vespas to Lambrettas and younger models.

Meanwhile, there will be lots of scooter-related memorabilia and collectables available from stalls along the Brayford.

For entertainment, The Underdogs will be making an appearance from 12pm-1pm, followed by Blistered, performing between 2pm-3pm.

Lincoln Knight Scooter Club teamed-up with Lincoln BIG to produce what promises to be a fantastic day for scooter-fans and families of all ages explained Events Co-ordinator Dave Walker.

He said: “Last year we welcomed 300 vehicles and the date actually clashed with a couple of other events, so this year we could attract even more riders and visitors, especially if the weather is good.

“Owners will be parking-up their scooters as soon as they arrive and people will be able to walk around and get a closer look at them.

“The day will also feature a “custom show”. Scooterists who take extra pride in their wheels, will have the chance to win a string of trophies.”

Lincoln BIG Events and Promotions Organiser Rachel Hanson added: “We are delighted to announce the return of Scoot to the Waterfront, which is always very popular and which promises to be even livelier this time around.”

A family fun day held at St Marks Shopping Centre in Lincoln for charity over the weekend has raised £230.

The team from St Marks held the family fun day in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust on July 5.

The event included bouncy castles, a face painter, children’s entertainer and a Bird of Prey display, with activities from businesses at St Marks including a Mothercare Baby & Toddler area, The Entertainer Arts & Crafts table and a Toys R Us Outdoor Fun area.

Leo the Clown teaches 9-year-old Rowan Ley to hoola-hoop.

Leo the Clown teaches 9-year-old Rowan Ley to hoola-hoop.

Holly Raper from East Riding Pest Control with her Greysker Falcon.

Holly Raper from East Riding Pest Control with her Greysker Falcon.

Facilities manager at St Marks, Nikki North, who organised the event, concluded that all the money raised from the day would be evenly split between the charities.

“Unfortunately the rain didn’t hold out for us, and it was quite a wet day, but that didn’t dampen the spirit of the St Marks team,” she said “The fun day was a great way of raising awareness of Macmillan in the community, ensuring that people know where to go to for support if they need it.”

Rob Brandford, UK Director of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust said: “The David Sheldrick WildlifeTrust (DSWT) exists to offer a second chance for Kenya’s orphaned baby elephants, whilst securing a safe environment for their rehabilitation back into the wild expanses of Tsavo National Park when grown.

“Our lifesaving work could not be made possible without the continued support of individuals around the world helping us protect Kenya’s wildlife and with that were thrilled to be a part of the St Marks Charity Fun Day in Lincoln.”

Lincolnshire firefighters will join other brigades across England and Wales on strikes over pensions this month, this time over eight consecutive days.

The strikes are scheduled to take place:

  • Monday, July 14: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
  • Tuesday, July 15: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
  • Wednesday, July 16: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
  • Thursday, July 17: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
  • Friday, July 18: 6am–8am and 11am–1pm
  • Saturday, July 19: 11am–1pm and 11pm–1pm
  • Sunday, July 20: 7pm–9pm
  • Monday, July 21: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm

These strikes are in addition to the July 10 strike action by civil service workers that Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue will also join.

Dave Ramscar, Chief Fire Officer at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: “Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue has plans in place to ensure that we continue to provide an emergency response within the county.

“We accept that any planned industrial action will impact on our ability to deliver business as usual, but we are confident that the implementation of our plans will enable us to continue to answer 999 calls and to respond to incidents as quickly as possible.

“We continue to remind people to take care when going about their daily business, and that there is further safety advice available on our website and on Twitter @lincsfirerescue.”

As previously reported, firefighters have been on a number of strikes since 2013 over pensions and pay.

Currently, a firefighter with the salary of less than £29,000 now pays around £4,000 a year for a pension.

Additionally, recent academic report on firefighter fitness by the University of Bath contradicted the government’s unlikely expectation that firefighters should not be offered retirement until 60, where the report concluded that a much higher level of fitness is required for the strenuous job than that of an average 60-year-old.

The Fire Brigade Union (FBU), which is leading the strike action, would prefer for staff to retire at 55 with their full pension, rather than the required age of 60.

Presently, if a firefighter chooses to retire early due to fitness levels, they will not receive the full pension.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “The government must realise that firefighters cannot accept proposals that would have such devastating consequences for their futures, their families’ futures — and the future of the fire and rescue service itself.

“Three years of negotiations have come to nothing because the government is simply unwilling to compromise or even listen to reason despite a huge amount of evidence showing their planned scheme is unworkable.”