Bury St Edmunds Rickshaw riders were busy at the town's Whitsun Fayre
We were astonished at all the attention we received over the sunny Bank Holiday weekend and felt very much part of the Whitsun Fayre and the new café vibe on the Angel Hill.
It is difficult to believe that our passengers were snuggled up in blankets and our riders numb with cold during our Easter event.
We were thrilled to showcase our fleet of passenger vehicles and be able to take entire families around the Abbey Gardens, often in a quiet convoy.
Our manoeuvring around all the tables and benches on the Angel Hill was even complimented by a native of Bali who considered herself quite the rickshaw expert.
We loved the reaction of all the children who chose to ride with us, despite having the option of a mini roller coaster and a carousel nearby.
The golden pheasant in the aviary was the main attraction on their tour, along with spotting the ruins which look like a chicken and a kettle (have you noticed these?). Our junior passengers were quick as a flash to suggest older family and friends who they would like to organise a ride for.
It was fitting that this event marked the start of national Volunteers’ Week and we were so pleased that some of our very own volunteer riders were able to use the event to take out their own friends and family members and show them how they bring joy to our community. We were blown away by how many passers-by waved and smiled and thanked us for our efforts over the lockdown. We are truly blessed to have so many riders available and be able to offer our services seven days a week. We were also amazed at the generous donations and supportive tweets we received.
Did you possibly see one of our rickshaws out further afield last week?
Two of our trustees, Libby and David rode Ricky (our first rickshaw) out of the county from Norwich Cathedral to St Edmundsbury Cathedral to promote long distance cycle routes between English cathedrals.
The following morning we were honoured to give our very own Dean a ride as he accompanied cyclists from Bury who took the baton on for this event to Chelmsford Cathedral on his behalf.
We are all fully geared up for our summer season of joy rides and would love to hear from any event organisers who feel we could offer rides for those who need a bit of added mobility to fully appreciate the event experience or just for us to be there for the fun of it. If you would like to see us in action from the comfort of your screen, watch the brilliant new video (kindly created for us by Troy Productions) that is on our website bserickshaw.org.uk
If you would like a free ride or delivery, or you would like to arrange one for someone you know, call us on 01284 339449. We’d also love to hear from you if you have a challenge for us or if you would like to support us in any way.
Amanda Martin - Volunteer Rider and Trustee