Thousands rally round for day of vintage fun
● ABIGAIL DONOGHUE
THOUSANDS of people from across the North West gathered in Victoria Park to attend this year’s annual Vintage Rally.
The event, organised by Halton Borough Council, had plenty of attractions to keep visitors entertained, with exhibitions of classic cars and motorbikes, mini steam engines, commercial vehicles, tractors and military displays.
Entertainment also included a medieval re-enactment and encampment by Historia Normannis, the H&M dog display team, Vale Royal Falconry, circus shows and workshops and Mr Alexander, the travelling showman.
A zip wire and a Scouts’ climbing wall also proved very popular.
This year an international trader even joined in the festivities.
People sat in deckchairs and listened to traditional performances from St Helens And Merseyside Brass on both days, while being served drinks from the vintage bus bar.
Around the park there were vintage vehicles serving a range of food and drink, and Pauline Readers traditional dancers performed on the organ stage throughout the weekend.
Stars from this year’s panto Beauty And The Beast, also made an appearance, including Fairy Sugababe, singer Amelle Berrabah. ●
Halton Borough Council’s executive board member for events, Cllr Eddie Jones, said: “Thanks to everyone involved.
“The rally continues to be an event the borough can be proud of – it is unique across the entire country, yet it retains its essentially local Halton flavour, amidst an exceptionally friendly atmosphere.
“It is so encouraging to see the efforts of the council and partners rewarded by such a successful showpiece event, much enjoyed and appreciated by our residents.”
Panto star Amelle Berrabah as Fairy Sugababe at the fair
Panto star Andrew Curphey at the Vintage Rally