Tremendous turnout at vintage rally

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THE Mid Ulster Vintage Vehicle Club’s hosted one of their largest displays of vintage vehicles at their annual rally held at Springhill on Saturday 2 June.

Over 250 entries were received and included a large turnout of tractors, cars, motorcycles, stationary engines and vintage commercials. The dry day added to the event brining many spectators to the stunning grounds of Springhill owned by the National Trust.

During the rally there were a number of attractions for both spectators and exhibitors to enjoy. These included tractor pulling for both vintage and classic high powered tractors, threshing by Frank Bigmore and Tony O’Kane, a tremendous display of Austin cars, tradition bread and butter making, Snake and owl exhibition by Annaginny pet farms, dog show by Parklands Veterinary Clinic Cookstown, music by Radio Star Country, horse tricks by Dasha, as well as tours of Springhill house and grounds provided by the National Trust.

Adrian Rea organised the tractor reversing which proved very challenging this year to competitors having to reverse a roller. The winner was Osbert White with David Wright runner up and in third place was Elvin Wylie.

This year’s Bobby Baby contest was judged by ‘Miss Derry’ Shaunagh Devlin. The contest was organised by Hazel Ritchie with the help of Cathleen McMenemy, Paula McMahon, Frances McAllister and Michelle Doyle.

The results were as follows: 0–6 months- 1st Sam Kerr, Castledawson; 2nd Amelia Stewart, Magherafelt; 3rd Lynn, Moneymore. 6-12 months– 1st Oscar Farrell, Cookstown; 2nd Reuben Crooks, Cookstown; 3rd Seth Weir, Lissan.

1-2 years– 1st Ethan Frost, Magherafelt; 2nd Ella Rose Sampson, Cookstown; 3rd Hayden Gibson, Magherafelt. 2-3 years– 1st Simon Rosbarough, Magherafelt; 2nd Hanna Louise Higgins, Magherafelt; 3rd Ellen McMullan, Desertmartin.

The club would like to take this to thank all those that make the rally such a success. Thanks to all exhibitors and also to the many spectators who came on the day.

Special thanks to the National Trust and John Hutchinson for the use of the grounds and Cookstown District Council for sponsorship. They would also like to thank the PSNI for all their help on the day and all club members and friends of the club who helped in any way to make their 36th Annual Rally another success.