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Rain fails to stop crowds coming to Otley Vintage Transport Extravaganza
Heavy rain shortly beforehand failed to stop large crowds enjoying the Otley Vintage Transport Extravaganza.
Hundreds of vehicles including old lorries, buses and classic cars trundled onto the field at Knotford Nook on Sunday, September 8.
A prolonged, heavy downpour on Friday night had left organisers anxious and they spread crushed stone around the site the next day to try to prevent problems.
In the event, though, the extravaganza enjoyed fine weather and passed without incident, much to the relief of Town Councillor Nigel Francis.
Coun Francis, who organises the day as the big annual fundraiser for the children’s charity he runs, Hang on to a Dream, said: “We were worried after the rain on Friday and it was entirely down to the people who came along to help on Saturday that we were able to go ahead and hold it on time.
“We only have a very small band of helpers and I’m very, very grateful for all their hard work.
“The crowds were a little bit down on what we had last year, when we benefitted from so many other events having been cancelled, but having said that it was still very busy and the consensus was that everybody enjoyed themselves.
“The new events we introduced this time, like the drystone walling demonstration and the birds of prey display, were well received which is encouraging as the whole idea is to keep this going and make sure it continues.”
The 2013 extravaganza also had children’s attractions, fairground organs, military vehicles, steam engines and a hog roast, along with stalls and live music from The City of Leeds Pipe Band and brass and accordion groups.
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