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)

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 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)

The gathering attracted the young and the old (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)

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

- Press Association

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