Poignant anniversary for Corbridge classic car show

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AN event for car enthusiasts which draws thousands of visitors to Corbridge every summer celebrated its 20th anniversary on Sunday.

But the mood for the organisers of the annual Classics in Corbridge event was a poignant one, with all thoughts turning to one of the event’s key founders, George Hunter.

Having battled a number of brain tumours, George died in December after being a leading light in the event, organised by MG Northumbria Car Club, for decades.

As more than 900 classic vehicles went on display at Tynedale Park, the best in show trophy was renamed in George’s honour.

His wife, Lorraine, and members of his family were on hand to select the winner – a picture perfect Ford Consul.

“It was wonderful that George’s family were there. Hopefully we gave them a show that they were proud of and the way George would have liked it,” explained club chairman Tim Cook.

George, from North Tyneside, had many connections with Tynedale, including as a member of the Northumbrian Jacobite Society, which works to preserve and protect the history of Dilston Castle and Chapel.

In fact, it was at Dilston that the first event took place in 1997.

“We have had some breaks over the years, but it is 20 years since the first event was held, and I think there’s no doubt it was one of our biggest turn-outs,” said Tim.

From a 1915 Model T Ford, owned by Billy Bell from Wark, to a monstrous American Peterbilt truck, there was something for everyone on the field.

Plumes of smoke could also be seen as the 68th Durham Regiment of Foot re-enactment team fired their muskets.

Live music, a dog agility display, alpacas, archery and children’s rides joined traders, refreshment stalls and charity stands on the field.

The event has raised nearly £72,000 over the last eight years. The club has received 26 applications from charities and good causes, and the 2017 proceeds will be distributed later in the year.

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