Thou­sands rally round for day of vin­tage fun

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● 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

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