An­nual car show en­joys record year

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - County Show -

Spec­tac­u­lar weather led to a record at­ten­dance at the an­nual Dar­ling Buds of May Clas­sic Car Show on Sun­day.

Buss Farm at Bethers­den, where the hit TV show was filmed, was burst­ing with thou­sands of vis­i­tors and more than 1,000 ve­hi­cles, plus other at­trac­tions.

Paul Mill, from or­gan­is­ers the Rover P5 Alive Club, said: “It was a su­perb day. I think we have bro­ken our at­ten­dance record.

“Our main cri­te­ria is that we do it for char­ity so we hope to make sub­stan­tial do­na­tions to the Kent Air Am­bu­lance and Demelza House chil­dren’s hospice.”

There were more than 1,000 ve­hi­cles on dis­play, the air am­bu­lance vis­ited, there were stalls sell­ing lo­cal pro­duce and a chil­dren’s cor­ner.

Mem­bers of the 7th Ash­ford Scouts and Cubs washed vis­i­tors’ cars to raise money for their new head­quar­ters ap­peal.

“We had some lovely com­ments which makes it all worth­while,” said Mr Mill. “Ev­ery­one gives their time for free to or­gan­ise and run this.”

It was the 18th clas­sic car show at the farm. Mr Mill thanked Buss Farm’s new owner Si­mon Coul­son for his sup­port in al­low­ing them to use the place for free and for print­ing the pub­lic­ity and set­ting up a ded­i­cated web­site.

Ear­lier, it was feared in­creas­ing red tape could threaten the fu­ture of the show.

Mr Mill said for the first time, they had had to do a traf­fic man­age­ment plan for the county coun­cil.

He added: “At the mo­ment, there will be an­other show next year.”

Mr Coul­son has sub­mit­ted a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to use farm build­ings as hol­i­day ac­com­mo­da­tion, aimed at Dar­ling Buds fans.

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