Never did I expect when I penned the message to you all at the end of the year that we would find ourselves in the same boat as last year. It’s very frustrating for myself and the committee wanting to organise and run race meetings for you the riders. There are so many regulations to consider during lockdown preventing this from happening.
Overnight camping was one of the main problems and there would have been very few riders who were in the position to go home after the Saturday races, only to return again for the Sunday but Croft cancelled the meeting anyway. Our friends at the Melville Club have the same problem, together with toilet regulations. Marshalling
toilets would be a major problem, something I don’t think would be possible to do. They will be waiting to see when and what Ms Sturgeon is going to announce.
We had planned to try out a new riders training weekend at Croft. As things stand, any rider from our area would have to travel to Three Sisters in Lancashire or Darley Moor in Derbyshire to get their qualifications. Our three trainers Mark & Dominic Herbertson, together with Ian Bainbridge are prepared to do the training for the club in the hope we can swell our membership. The classroom part would take place on the Saturday afternoon with the track test done on the Sunday morning. I am assured by Mark and Ian that it can be done and Tracey has given it the ok but of course that is for next year. If anyone knows of any interested parties, spread the word please. If it works out ok time wise, it could become an annual thing.
Next year is a big year in the history of the club. We will be celebrating our 60th year and I want it to be a big year.
Dear Members and Riders,
Unfortunately, we have been unable to secure a suitable date for Croft later this year. Due to the current restrictions in Scotland and advice which we have been given, we are also cancelling both rounds at East Fortune. Motorcycle racing is organised to be enjoyed by all involved, riders, officials, volunteers and spectators and if we are unable to provide this safely, then we have no option but to cancel.
We are saddened that we have had to come to this difficult decision again this year, however if we are unable to run a championship, then we must take this into consideration.
Hopefully, things will resume as per normal for the 2022 season and we thank you all for your ongoing support of the club.
We are shortly coming to the end of what has been a very trying year. It must have been very frustrating for you riders having prepared your bikes for the season just to have them parked up in your garages. I know I can speak for the committee when I say we have been frustrated not even being able to meet to plan things, just waiting for Boris and his crew to bring good news that never came, that was until the vaccines were announced. We can only hope because of the vaccines, 2021 will be a good year and we can get back to organising race meetings.
May I wish you a very Happy & Safe Christmas and all the very best for 2021,
from the committee
We look forward to seeing you again.
Dave Mallon on behalf of the NEMCRC committee
It is with sadness to inform the club that a lifelong member Peter Cook passed away peacefully at home on Thursday evening with his family around him after a long illness.
Peter had a long and courageous battle with cancer and underwent a number of operations. He bore his illness with great courage and fortitude
Peter was a long-time member of the NEMCRC having his last ride on his Seeley G50 at the 2019 Nostalgia meeting whilst still fighting his illness.
Together with other club members he had over the years made numerous trips to Belgium competing in their international classic meetings with excellent results and from which there are fond memories.
The NEMCRC sends sincere condolences to his wife Jean and Family
Peters funeral service will take place at 11am on 10th December at Hexham Abbey.
Due to current restrictions it is not possible for all to attend However the service can be observed from a distance outside the Abbey or via a video link of the service.
Any donations to Tynedale Hospice in lieu of Flowers.