Vintage and classic cars roll into town for annual Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray festival

Aurura Rotary president Kate Jones, Rotary president Ian Neale and Julia Hinde with a classic 1951 MG PHOTO: Tim Williams

Aurura Rotary president Kate Jones, Rotary president Ian Neale and Julia Hinde with a classic 1951 MG PHOTO: Tim Williams

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As part of the ongoing work to support community causes and charities the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray organised and ran their second annual Vintage and Classic Car Festival in Play Close, on Sunday.

Just under 50 cars assembled on the lawns ranging from a 1930’s Austin 7 Ruby to a Rolls Royce.

An American Ford Fairline 500 impresses the Play Close visitors PHOTO: Tim Williams

An American Ford Fairline 500 impresses the Play Close visitors PHOTO: Tim Williams

Other attractions included family stalls, a barbecue, motorbikes, a raffle, a tea tent and 103 The Eye were present.

The best in show prize as voted for by the public, was awarded to an Austin Healy 3000 Mk 11, closely followed by a Ford Falcon and a Ford Capri.

This year’s event raised proceeds for the Leicester Hospice Charity Loros, one of the two charities chosen by the club’s president Ian Neale.

Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray member Julia Hinde said: “It was an excellent event with the members of Melton Rotary working alongside the other Rotary clubs in Melton and members of their satellite section.

Andrew Lee and Mark Barkas chat next to Mark's 1946 Morris 8 called 'Mabel' PHOTO: Tim Williams

Andrew Lee and Mark Barkas chat next to Mark's 1946 Morris 8 called 'Mabel' PHOTO: Tim Williams

“Although all the expenses and monies from the raffle are not yet received we anticipate that around £1,000 will be set aside for Loros.”

The Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray wish to thank the following businesses, clubs and groups for their support: Melton Town Estate, Dickinson and Morris, Derek Jones Butchers, St Mary’s Church, Launde Abbey, Ladies in Rotary, Sharon and her vintage catering van, Tina and her catering van, the car owners, Graham and the children’s ride.

If you’re interested in joining Rotary to support work in the Melton community and further afield, visit www.meltonrotary.org.uk or https://www.facebook.com/MeltonRotary/

Plenty of vehicles to look at and discuss in the park PHOTO: Tim Williams

Plenty of vehicles to look at and discuss in the park PHOTO: Tim Williams

Jim Green (right) has fellow Rotarian Ron Edwards for a passenger in his MG PHOTO: Tim Williams

Jim Green (right) has fellow Rotarian Ron Edwards for a passenger in his MG PHOTO: Tim Williams