In Pictures: Thousands of Vespa enthusiasts descend on Belfast

The Vespa riders toured in a long buzzing line between the city’s Titanic Quarter and Carrickfergus Castle in Co Antrim.

Mario Pecarari and Sandra Carozzi arrive for the gala dinner in Belfast (Brian Lawless/PA)
Mario Pecarari and Sandra Carozzi arrive for the gala dinner in Belfast (Brian Lawless/PA)

The riders were in Northern Ireland as part of the Vespa World Days Belfast gathering (Brian Lawless)
The riders were in Northern Ireland as part of the Vespa World Days Belfast gathering (Brian Lawless)

The Italian-made bike was built specifically to show the world that the small scooter could be competitive in races (Brian Lawless/PA)
The Italian-made bike was built specifically to show the world that the small scooter could be competitive in races (Brian Lawless/PA)

The Vespa enthusiasts came from all over Europe (Brian Lawless/PA)
The Vespa enthusiasts came from all over Europe (Brian Lawless/PA)

Thousands of bikes bedecked with flags and stickers lined up near the slipway from which the Titanic was launched (Brian Lawless/PA)
Thousands of bikes bedecked with flags and stickers lined up near the slipway from which the Titanic was launched (Brian Lawless/PA)

The gathering attracted the young and the old (Brian Lawless/PA)
The gathering attracted the young and the old (Brian Lawless/PA)

Some enthusiasts travelled thousands of miles (Brian Lawless/PA)
Some enthusiasts travelled thousands of miles (Brian Lawless/PA)

The Vespas’ high-pitched engines and low-slung contours created a stir (Brian Lawless/PA)
The Vespas’ high-pitched engines and low-slung contours created a stir (Brian Lawless/PA)

Enrico Piaggio’s original Vespa was displayed in a golf club in Rome in 1946 (Brian Lawless/PA)
Enrico Piaggio’s original Vespa was displayed in a golf club in Rome in 1946 (Brian Lawless/PA)

- Press Association

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