Classic cars ready to drive into town

A 1952 Citroen Avant, which will be among the vehicles on display at the classic car rally in Newbiggin.
A 1952 Citroen Avant, which will be among the vehicles on display at the classic car rally in Newbiggin.
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Collectors, car owners and traders will be making their way to Newbiggin this Easter weekend.

Classic car owners have been signing up to a rally that will parade through the town at 10.30am on Easter Monday.

A 1932 Austin Ascot, a 1952 Citroen Traction Avant and, weather permitting, a 1928 Ford Phaeton will be among the cars on show.

North of England Classic and Pre War Automobile Club (NECPWA) committee member, Tom Thompson, said: “This is the first rally of the 2015 season and it will be great to see some of the cars come out from their winter storage.

“Members are looking forward to a day at the seaside and to showing their cars off to vintage and classic car enthusiasts.”

Easter Monday will also see the town host several markets and one venue will host a vintage wedding fair.

Little Vintage Wedding Company director Amber Black said: “We help couples find vintage suppliers for every aspect of their big day from stationary to singers, outfits to wedding cars and we are delighted to be using the Newbiggin’s beautifully refurbished St Mark’s Church to showcase some of the lovely and often quirky options that couples have to make their day unique, romantic and special.”

Other venues will host traders selling vintage and vintage inspired collectibles, fashion and jewellery.

Artily Events, who organise monthly craft fairs in the town, have been impressed by both the quality and quantity of dealers that want to take part.

Partner Joanne McGarry said: “This is a first for Newbiggin and we have been astonished at the number of businesses wanting to get involved.

“The variety of goods on offer will ensure that there is something for everyone and, taken along with everything else going on in the town on Easter Monday, makes Newbiggin a perfect place to spend the bank holiday.”

Newbiggin Town Team chairwoman Lynn Burns said: “We have three vintage shops so we knew that there is a local interest but the wider region’s interest has been impressive.

“There is so much enthusiasm for this event and we are really looking forward to seeing everyone together in all their vintage finery.”

The Vintage Car Rally will parade through the town at 10.30am on Easter Monday morning.

Cars will then park in the town for the rest of the day.

The vintage markets will open their doors to the public at 11am.

Anyone wanting to be part of either event should email happeningupnorth@gmail.com for details.

A host of events will take place over the weekend.