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Belfast Zoo: Dreamnight

Friday 6th June 2014.

Belfast City Council invited us up to Belfast Zoo, to take part in the annual Dreamnight evening.  This is where the Zoo is closed to the public and opened by invitation only for chronically ill and disabled children and their familymembers.

As usual there was a good turnout form our club with motorbikes and scooters from other clubs joining us at the Floral Hall.  It was nice to see Kieth's McCracken's Chitty Bang Bang out again and although most of the kids have never heard of it, it still proved to be quite an attraction.  The parents on the other hand seemed to like the pre-war cars.

Firebrigade get bogged down

The Police and Fire Brigade proved to be quite an attraction for the kids, not forgetting the main attraction, the animals themselves.

The evening stayed dry but with the rain from previous hours the grassy parts of the zoo where a bit wet.  If only someone had told the Fire Brigade that.  Their fire engine, around 15 tone fully ladened, while trying to minover ended up sinkin into the grass.  After trying to tow it out with a large four wheel drive tractor and much to the amusement of the other emergency services, the professionals had to be brought in.

Emma takes some photos

This proved to be the biggest attraction of the night.  With a bit of digging a very large tow truck, the fire engine was eventual winched out.  This was accompanied by a drum role and some friendly banter from the other emergency services.  This was maybe a bit premature as the PSNI also had to get a vehicle winched, although maybe not quite as big a job.

In the meantime my daughter, Emma, was busy snapping some photos of the residents of the zoo.  I have posted some of the pictures just as a bit of a change from the usual things.  After all we where in the zoo.

At turned out to be a good night and well supported by our club.

Many thanks to the Belfast City Council for inviting us and we hope to be there again next year

Photo's and Report by Andrew Leckey © 2014
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