Thousands flock to see classic cars

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A summer tradition in Burnley proved as popular as ever this year.

Around 7000 people descended on Towneley Park on Sunday to admire more than 200 classic vehicles sported by their proud owners.

The Rotary Club of Burnley has run the town’s Classic Car Show for more than 25 years and families and motor enthusiasts continue to enjoy it.

Rotary spokesman Mr Gordon Salthouse said: “It started in a very small way when we were asked by the Rover Car Club to become involved, and it has grown to what we experienced this year, which attracted around 7000 people.

“We had in the region of 200 classic vehicles on show and it was a splendid day.”

Attractions that saw families heading to the park also included a performing dog show, a children’s fairground and music from the Accrington Pipe Band and the Secret Singers.

We had in the region of 200 classic vehicles on show and it was a splendid day

Gordon Salthouse, Rotary spokesman

Police Cadets helped out by controlling traffic and collecting donations on behalf of the organisers. The show is entirely organised by the Rotary Club of Burnley in conjunction with Burnley Borough Council.

The Mayor of Burnley, Coun. Liz Monk and her consort, her husband Richard, were among the guests welcomed by Rotary president Mr John O’Rourke. After the judging they helped to present awards to the owners of the winning vehicles.

All donations from the £2 car parking charge and bucket collections will go to supporting local charities and the Rotary wish to thank the public for their generosity.