Sunningdale fete steers to classic success

Published: 6 Jul 2014 12:300 comments

FAMILIES braved the torrential downpours to support a popular classic car rally and fete in Sunningdale.

Freddie Burnett, eight, and brother Hadley, five, from South Ascot, next to some of the vehicles on display at the BEN Classic Car Show and Lynwood Summer Fete.

Hundreds turned out at the 45th annual BEN Classic Car show and Lynwood Summer Fete at Broomhall Recreation Ground on Saturday.

Classic cars were driven from Ascot Racecourse, through Windsor Great Park to the recreation ground before the fete to kick off proceedings.

Among the vehicles on display was a 1932 Bentley eight-litre Blower, one of only 100 ever built. There was also a 1948 Cisitalia 202.

Visitors to the fete could enjoy a range of activities and entertainment, including a birds of prey live display, a dog show, miniature train rides and funfair rides.

More adventurous children could challenge themselves on a climbing wall, while a bouncy castle also kept them entertained.

Youngsters could get their faces painted and make a range of crafts in a devoted ‘children’s corner’ at the fete.

For entertainment, music was provided by a range of performers, which included a Caribbean act.

There was also a cake stall, a barbecue and a bar serving drinks and refreshments for hungry punters.

For adults, there were plenty of stalls selling items such as clothes, jewellery, shoes, books and more.

The event was organised by automotive industry charity BEN, which provides support for those who work or have worked in the automotive industry or allied trades.

Kelly Neal, events manager at BEN, said: “Thank you to everyone for making the day a success.

“Despite the weather, spirits were not dampened and a whole army of volunteers turned up to run the event.”

She also thanked the generosity of local sponsors and the commitment of all classic and vintage vehicle owners. She added: “Everyone involved should know that the monies raised will help improve the quality of life for those in our care.”

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