flock to see Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Run in Burnham
crowds of spectators turned out to watch more than 140 classic
vehicles arrive on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Saturday evening
(June 7th) for the 21st annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle
earlier forecasts of rain, the weather stayed sunny and dry for
the popular show, which featured a wide range of vehicles, from
cars, lorries and military vehicles, to emergency service cars
Mayor, Cllr Martin Cox, presented the overall Mayor's Award to
a 1937 Lanchester 14 Roadrider, pictured right, owned by East
Huntspill resident Paul Chamberlain, who said he was "absolutely
delighted" to have been chosen. He is shown being given his
cup by the Mayor and Cllr Dennis Davey.
run began in Glastonbury and the vehicles then drove in convoy
to Burnham's Morrisons Car Park where large numbers of spectators
got the chance to see them up close, as pictured here.
winners included best emergency vehicle - a Leyland Tiger fire
engine owned by Don Morgan of Sharpham; Best American vehicle
- a 1970 Ford 'A' Seden owned by Arran Wynn of Bridgwater; Burnham
residents choice - a 1969 Morris Cooper Mark 2 owned by Mrs J
Wicham of Weare.
the trophy for the Burnham councillors' choice went to a 1937
Austin Ascot Cabriolet owned by George Bryne of Somerton, pictured
on the right with Cllr Davey and Town Crier Alistair Murray.
year's event was particularly special as it was dedicated to one
of the show's founders, Daphne Stone, who passed away in March.
husband and co-organiser, Dennis, said he is still trying to come
to terms with the loss of his wife of 57 years, but decided this
years road run should go ahead in her memory.
neice, Hayley Kirkland, stepped in to run the event and says she
will ensure it continues in future years.
Cllr Cox, pictured with Mr Stone, said the evening had been a
huge success, telling Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It was great to
see such a large crowd of more than 1,500 people attend this superb
weather stayed fine and showed the vehicles off to their very
best, making my decision to choose a winner very difficult! I
congratulate all involved with the event."
event is estimated has now raised over £50,000 for charities
and good causes throughout its history and this years event
raised money for Help for Heroes.