Hundreds turn out for Sunderland vintage vehicle rally

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Hundreds of vehicle enthusiasts turned out at a Wearside park for an annual rally.

The 2015 Seaburn Historic Vehicle Display event was once again held at Recreation Park, just yards from Sunderland seafront.

The North East Bus Preservation Trust Rally at Seaburn, Sunderland, yesterday (Monday)

The North East Bus Preservation Trust Rally at Seaburn, Sunderland, yesterday (Monday)

Classic and modern cars, buses and coaches were all on display to the public at the event, which was organised by the North East Bus Preservation Trust.

As well having a look at the vehicles, some of which were used in 1960s BBC drama George Gently, visitors also got the chance to ride around Sunderland on former corporation double decker buses.

Organiser Bob Kell said he and others were encouraged by the turn out despite overcast weather spoiling much of the day.

Bob, of Durham, said: “It’s quite remarkable in the 30 or so years of doing this, we always have this event on Bank Holiday Monday and it’s nearly always nice weather,

There’s definitely an appetite for what we do here.

Bob Kell, organiser

“We can’t complain too much though as there are still a lot of people here. Many have come from Yorkshire.

“There’s definitely an appetite for what we do here.”

Among those displaying vehicles were the Henderson family which includes dad Paul, mum Wendy and son Joshua, 13.

“I told Josh I’d give him a fiver for every goal he scored in Sunday football and in three seasons he got 105, so he put the money towards a 1987 Mini Cooper,” said Paul, 52, of Ferryhill, in County Durham, who is also a member of Durham Mini Club.

12 year old Josh Henderson with his first car at the North East Bus Preservation Trust rally at Seaburn, Sunderland on Bank Holiday Monday

12 year old Josh Henderson with his first car at the North East Bus Preservation Trust rally at Seaburn, Sunderland on Bank Holiday Monday

“He’s spent £2,300 on the car and about £700 on the extras.

“Hopefully he’ll score some more before he starts learning to drive!”

Terry Christie standing with a 1966 Sunderland Corporation Leyland Panther and a photograph of it in service in Sunderland, at the North East Bus Preservation Trust Rally at Seaburn, Sunderland, yesterday.

Terry Christie standing with a 1966 Sunderland Corporation Leyland Panther and a photograph of it in service in Sunderland, at the North East Bus Preservation Trust Rally at Seaburn, Sunderland, yesterday.