The Burton Brewers Scooter Club was formed around 1953. The founder
members of the club including Fred Cotton
Bernard Cotton, (who attended the custom show event
on 13th April 2013), Bill Lakin,
Jonny Morson, Mick Dawn and
Jack Ricketts, were into
cycles at the time. However with the need to see more of post-war Britain and
the problems with cycling injuries , they decided on forming a scooter club. The
first meetings were at the Gladstone Pub, then later moving to The Royal Hotel
in High Street. Most of the clubs activities included time trials, dances and
trips to the seaside (nothing changes there!). Also many went over to the Isle
of Man. The scooter club had various machines including Lambretta, Vespa, NSU,
Moto Rumi, BSA and Triumph to name a few.
The local registration plate
for Burton was FA, if you look closely you can see the Brewers logo on the Vespa
scooter. These were most likely bought from Fenns in Burton, which
was the dealership for Lambretta's .
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It was towards the early 60’s that the club began to fragment and groups broke off, forming specialist solo clubs including the Comets who were a totally Lambretta only club. The focus of the Comets was based in New Street where Fenns were the local Lambretta agents. Whilst the Brewers stayed together meeting in the Branston Arms on a weekly basis they arranged trips to Europe including a trip to the NSU factory. These photos below belong to John Cox who still lives locally and are of the Comets Scooter Club. This was set up by Ron Geary a local fireman and part time reporter for the Burton Mail and Mr Fenn, the owner of the dealership for Lambrettas in Burton. The photo on the left is a club shot taken around 1959 at Fenns in New Street and the next is a dinner and dance of the same time. Below there are photos of Jon on his Lambretta TV175 series 1 and 2
we had some photos sent to us by Gillian Poultney
from Burton who was a member of the Brewers in the 60's.
These photos are of a rally in Blackpool around 1964 and some images of Gillian out the Black Horse pub Moor Street Burton on Trent.
Many happy memories of my time were with the Brewers.
Then towards the late 1970’s “THAT” film came out and the world just seemed to be either Mod or Rocker. The Brewers were reborn!!! I personally was still only 14 at the time and at school.
The Brewers were still active in the 1970’s according to ex-members Mick Haynes and Phil Stanbridge who used to race Lambretta’s. Also there, was Andy Billings who actually used to be a butcher and deliver meat to my mum and dads house on his push bike. I can still remember that Yellow ochre Lambretta - he used to push that quite a bit too!
Every Friday night, the Brewers and many other local clubs converged at The
British Oak in Burton, where many nights in excess of 100 scooters seemed to be
the norm, upsetting the local neighbourhood with loud baffleless exhausts and
music. One night I can remember residents rigging up a booby trap consisting of
a clothes prop across the road, nearly decapitating the scooter rider posing up
the road. There was a great turnout from all the local scooter clubs. The
other places used during the 80’s were The Leander Rowing Club and later we used
The Central Club in Derby Street.
On Saturday’s we all used to park up at the local Courts car park opposite the Britannia Café in Station Street (now a Kebab Shop), this also used to act as a meeting point for the rallies as well.
By the mid 80’s the Brewers began to thin out with some members starting families, taking out mortgages etc and also other Burton based clubs starting up including Burton Wildcats (sporting fake tiger skin on helmets). The other club was the Burton Roadhogs and the Burton Alternatives, but these breakaway clubs proved to be very shortlived.
The Brewers were still attending rallies, in the late 80’s and early 90’s but were in very small numbers. It was with the emergence of the brit pop scene in the mid 90’s that Anthony (Greg) Gregory decided to rekindle some of his youth and have a reunion – now that’s another era – of the Burton Brewers Scooter Club! and not long after that Brewers Droop was born.
STEVE HAYNES and BEV & IAN V-J BBSC