Crowds enjoy the weekend fun

Tea for two. Bob and Denise waite pictured with their 1938  Austin 10 car.

Tea for two. Bob and Denise waite pictured with their 1938 Austin 10 car.

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HUNDREDS of vintage vehicle enthusiasts were treated to an impressive display when scores of classic cars rolled into town.

Hartlepool Maritime Experience’s car park was the venue for a vintage car show yesterday organised by the Northern Bygones Society.

More than 140 vehicles pulled up for the day for around 400 visitors to admire.

The cars, pick-ups and vans had come from places as far as Darlington, Spennymoor and Shildon, as well as Wingate and Billingham.

An MG from Wingate won the Best Car in Show prize while a pick-up from Spennymoor won the Best Commercial Vehicle award.

Organiser Paul Jackson, of the Northern Bygones Society, said: “We had a few American cars there, including Lincolns, as well as Morris cars from 1932 and 1934 and the 1960s so you could see the change in Morrises over the years.

“We got very good support from Hartlepool people and Hartlepool Maritime Experience.

“We were also very lucky to have more than 140 vehicles there as there were another four similar shows in the region.”

Paul, from Newton Aycliffe, added that Barry and Peter Summers, from Spennymoor, showed off a Ford commercial wagon, which they spent 29 years restoring.

Meanwhile, there was fun galore during the Peterlee Show, which was held yesterday and Saturday.

Hundreds of people enjoyed a variety of activities, from a funfair and ice rink to live music.

There was also a parade featuring fancy dress participants and a pipe band and brass band from Peterlee Leisure Centre to the showground, in Helford Road.

Other highlights included a school football tournament, displays from the Black Rock Llamas, aerial stunt act the Vander Space Wheel and comedy caveman act Pree Hee Men.

Talented musical acts also took to the stage during the final of Peterlee’s The Xtra Factor.

Other activities across the weekend included an arts and crafts fair, a two-mile family fun run, an It’s A Knockout competition in the main arena, a touch rugby game, and dog, horticultural and cookery shows.