Sun shines on 25th year of car show

GALLERY The cars were the stars at the weekend as a successful classic vehicle show celebrated its quarter century.

James Hore

THE CARS were the stars at the weekend as a successful classic vehicle show celebrated its quarter century.

The West Bergholt Vehicle Show is now into its 25th year and is more popular than ever before.

Thousands of people took advantage of the weekend's good weather to head to the event which featured more than 500 historic vehicles.

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This year's spectacular, part sponsored by the East Anglian Daily Times, included pre and post war cars, military vehicles, tractors, motorcycles and steam engines.

The show also featured a host of demonstrations, including a poignant fly-past by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

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Other highlights included the Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment Freefall Parachute Display Team and Nigel Willson's aerobatic display.

Down on the ground the parade of Suffolk Punch horses by Bunting and Sons showed the traditional ways of life in Constable Country.

Music came courtesy of a country and western concert on Saturday evening as well as the sounds of the Melton Mowbray Soldiers Band.

This year's event, opened by BBC Radio presenter Richard Spendlove, was held in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support.

Organiser Michael Culham, who has been in charge since the very first show, said more than £150,000 had been raised for charity since it began.

Speaking yesterday he said: “It has been wonderful and we have had a record attendance today.

“The car park is full to bursting and it is two to three people deep around the arena.

“We have had so many people wanting to exhibit that unfortunately we had to turn some people away.

“The good weather makes such a difference for us here, when it rains people do not turn out in the same numbers and the ground gets churned up.”

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