COLOURFUL CONVOY: Scooter record attempt lights up Bay
WITH her scooter decked out with flowers, tinsel and all the colours of the rainbow, Marlene Adsett could not be missed as the head of the convoy.
Ms Adsett led dozens of fellow scooter riders down the Esplanade on Saturday in a bid to break the Australian record for the longest scooter/mobility vehicle convoy.
With 97 riders, Hervey Bay's event claimed the record, beating the previous number of 80.
Volunteer Gina Stewart said the last few events had fewer numbers and it was fantastic to have the national bar set higher.
"(This event) started off trying to beat the record,” Ms Stewart said.
"As we didn't get the record over a couple of years, it became a social thing for people in wheelchairs and mobility scooters to feel proud of themselves and join in.”
The annual event, which has run for more than a decade in the Whale City, aims to promote the safe use of mobility scooters and wheelchairs in the community.
It's become a colourful event over the years as participants deck out their vehicles in different themes and colours.
The convoy started and ended at Scarness Park, rounding at the all-abilities playground in Pialba.
Ms Stewart said the event was well-supported in the community but numbers "could be better”.
"We have a lot of registered scooters in the Bay and when you think about it we could easily have doubled the number of people,” she said.