Classic fun for bank holiday crowds

Organiser Ronnie Westmoreland with one of the vintage cars
Organiser Ronnie Westmoreland with one of the vintage cars

CLASSIC bank holiday fun came to a picturesque village when dozens of vintage cars rolled in.

Greatham was the setting for a car rally which attracted locals as well as enthusiasts from as far away as Thirsk and Sunderland.

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The Northern Bygones Society organised the event in association with the Greatham Sports Field Association and members of both groups were delighted that the rally went ahead when bad weather put paid to it earlier in the year.

The event also saw spectators enjoy a bouncy castle and refreshments from burger and ice cream vans.

Ronnie Westmoreland, a trustee of the Greatham Sports Field Association, said: “It is a proud day for us. It is our first event and we are chuffed to bits that is going ahead after we had to cancel the last one.”

Paul Jackson, the founder of the Northern Bygones Society, said: “We were expecting to get 50 vehicles here and people come from Thirsk, Sunderland, Aycliffe and Billingham.”

But he praised the people of Hartlepool who he described as among the strongest supporters in the North-East of classic and vintage cars.

Mr Jackson added; “I started this club around 18 months ago and we have gone from 28 members in the early days to 65 members.

“We do a big show at the Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience in April and this year, we had more than 320 people there. There is a growing interest in vintage and classic cars and I find that Hartlepool is a good area of support for both public support and for putting on shows.”

The eye-catching vehicles at the Greatham rally included an Austin A35 and a 1953 Thames van.

Anyone wanting more details about the Northern Bygones Society can contact Mr Jackson on 07968 367438 or visit the society website at www.northernbygonessociety.co.uk