The Hyde Classic Car Show was once again hailed as a success despite the weather.
Rain poured on Saturday as the popular car show began on Hyde’s Market ground, however as the morning clouds began to disperse, more members of the Tame Valley Vintage Classic Car Club arrived to exhibit their fabulously turned out vehicles, which in turn attracted more and more shoppers and visitors to the town centre.
However; as the saying goes, Northerners are made of stern stuff, so the inclement weather didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits, with most of the main exhibits and planned events still going ahead. Sadly it rained most of the day but it was great to see friends and regular supporters old and new from across the borough.
Town Team member Roger Bamford commenting on Tameside Radio said, “I would say the rain put off a few people attending but despite that, we had a good turnout with a couple of hundred people viewing the cars throughout the event.”
Saturday’s show was organised by volunteers from Hyde’s Town Team in collaboration with local garage ROSEMOUNT MOT & SERVICE CENTRE who together with Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Hyde & Stalybridge; Rosemount’s owner Nick Hartley, Town Team Chair, Julia Harrison and Deputy Mayor, Cllr Andy Kinsey, presented a cheque for £100 to Elaine McConnell of Willow Wood Hospice, as well as the prestigious ‘Car of the Show’ Trophy.
Neil Openshaw, Vice Chair of Hyde’s Town Team said, “Everything went to plan other than the weather. “We had some phenomenal vehicle exhibits and the tombola with all the proceedings going to the town’s Christmas Lights switch on event, was a near sell-out!” Jonathan Reynolds said, “Once again we’ve been really well supported by visitors and locals and look forward to the next town centre event as well as next year’s Car Shows.” Town Team Chair, Julia Harrison, added, “The Town Team is indebted to Hyde Markets staff who could not do enough for us; to the sponsor, Nick Hartley from Rosemount MOT & Service Centre for his generous support; and to everyone who turned out in the rain to support the Autumn Car event.