Hartlepool pub serves up classic Bank Holiday car rally

SHADING-IT: Steve and Jackie Lambert with a 1978 VW Camper Van.
SHADING-IT: Steve and Jackie Lambert with a 1978 VW Camper Van.
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CLASSIC cars of all shapes and sizes rolled into town for a Bank Holiday rally.

Motor enthusiasts and families enjoying the day off headed down to the Owton Lodge pub in Hartlepool to see the vintage vehicles and chat to the owners.

ARRESTING DUO: Bob and Sandra Hewison with a Lincoln police car

ARRESTING DUO: Bob and Sandra Hewison with a Lincoln police car

The proud owners had travelled from all over the North East to take part in the rally held for the first time at the pub by the Northern Bygone’s Society.

Of the 43 vehicles on display were American Lincolns, Minis, and an Austin Lichfield from 1935.

A vintage VW camper van, tractor and MG Midget also attracted plenty of attention.

Paul Jackson, a founder member of the Northern Bygone’s Society, said: “We had a very good turnout and it was a big success for our first event here.
“We would like to say thank you to the pub for inviting us and the people of Hartlepool for coming to see us.”

BIG SUCCESS: Chris Smith with his 1986 Mini Cooper.

BIG SUCCESS: Chris Smith with his 1986 Mini Cooper.

The rally topped off a busy weekend of activities staged by the pub to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

On Friday, it held a karaoke night and on Saturday the pub was packed for top Freddie Mercury tribute act Billy West.

There was more karaoke singing on Sunday and a bouncy castle for children as well.

Leanne Howe, Owton Lodge team leader, said: “The whole weekend has been about raising money for Cancer Research which is the chosen charity of our company Mitchells and Butler.

VINTAGE VEHICLE: Lynne Gillam with an Austin Lichfield 1935.

VINTAGE VEHICLE: Lynne Gillam with an Austin Lichfield 1935.

“We raised over £200 through a raffle alone.”

The Northern Bygone’s Society will be back in Hartlepool with another rally on Sunday, April 26, in the car park at Tesco Extra, in Burn Road.

SITTING PRETTY: Ian Maynard in his MG MIdget sports car.

SITTING PRETTY: Ian Maynard in his MG MIdget sports car.