Members of 80s Fenland scooter club to reunite to help boy’s dream of walking

MEMBERS of an 80s scooter club established in Walton Highway will help towards a boy’s dream of walking at a fundraising reunion next month.

Steph Dennis (was Usher) and Paul ‘Watty’ Watson used to be part of Wisbech’s scooter club, The Eastern Slap Shots, which was formed in 1982 at The Clippers Arms pub.

Now, after almost 25 years apart, some of the club will get together again to help raise funds for Tyler Maxwell who was diagnosed with spastic diaplegia cerebral palsy in May 2009.

The three year old’s mother Karen Newton is desperately trying to raise �40,000 for life-changing surgery which could allow her son to walk for the first time.

Mrs Dennis, who now lives in Sawtry, said: “We thought a reunion would be a really good idea as neither I or Paul - and other members - live in Wisbech anymore.

“We wanted to get together with our old mates as we used to be very close. Some of the members we have not been able to get in contact with and hope that this article can help make it a night to remember.

“My scooter friends in Peterborough, especially ‘Corky’ have helped raise money for Tyler and a lot of us have become very attached to him because of the connection between the local scooter scene and Tyler’s fundraising.

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“We’re holding the event at The White Lion Hotel in Wisbech and John Munroe the new owner has been fantastic. He has offered bed and breakfast for two for one of the raffle prizes and I can’t thank him enough.”

Bands Zeb Rootz, who have helped raise money for Tyler, and The Electric Cindy’s will play at the reunion on October 8 which begins at 6pm.

A host of DJs, including Martin Stanford and Kev Draper, will play a mix of sounds from the scooter, skinhead punk, Northern Soul and Motown scene throughout the night.

Further funds will be raised at the reunion through a raffle with various prizes including Peterborough United Football Club memorabilia, CDs and a signed record from soul singer Bobby Citchins.

Two tickets to watch the Posh at home will also be auctioned.

Tickets (�5 in advance) must be bought or reserved. For more information contact Steph on 01487 830219 or e-mail