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Spring Gala 2009

Event, Thornton le Dale, North Yorkshire

A hot mixture of blue sky, sunshine, football, cricket, horse trials, dog shows, bouncy castles, slides, classic car shows, market stalls and not least 'Ferret Roulette'.

All the above adding to a great springtime fair which hails in the approach of British summertime.

As I wondered around the classic car exhibition I came across a 1909 Buick, which would make the perfect wedding car with it's white panels, wooden wheels and highly polished brass metalwork, all glistening in the sunshine. I doubt it had ever looked better and it really is a true specimen of love for the motor car.

But then my attention was caught by Mervyn Hoyle wearing his green striped blazer, he was polishing his old green Austin while playing music on a gramophone record player. Mervyn travels the country displaying his classic Austin and collecting donations for the charity: Marie Curie Cancer Care. Apparently Mervyn has so far collected over one million pounds. So well done and hats off to him.

A range of classic motorcycles were on show from BSA, Triumph, BMW and even the old 2 stroke Calthorpe displaying an AJ number plate, which I understand is an old North Riding number plate. The classic Calthorpe sporting a brass tax disk holder, with the old style road license indicating an expiration date of 31st Dec 1945 - issued at Northallerton Taxation Dept.

Everyone seemed to be having a great time. The football knock out competition - a popular centre stage event, was won by the girls from Poppleton Junior Football Club, they have had a great season without losing a single game. Well done to you girls.

Spring Bank Holiday is a traditional break which has its roots in the Christian calendar. Also known as Whitsuntide or Pentecost and marks the birth of the Christian Church.

It also used to be a time when children would dress up in their best new clothes and celebrate Whit Sunday. Hence the term: Sunday Best.

The British season of Springtime is from March to May. Summer time is from June to August.

Autumn - September to November.
Winter - December to February.





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