Hyde Town Centre came alive yesterday as hundreds of shoppers and visitors descended on the Market Square to take a close-up and personal view of the vehicles on display at the 2018 Hyde Spring Classic & Vintage Car Show.

The entire show, which was generously sponsored by Specsavers Hyde, gave Classic & Vintage Car owners; mainly from The Tame Valley Classic & Vintage Car Club, a unique opportunity to show off their cars to the best of their advantage, and allowed members to share their love of cars with the public and other members.

While the vehicles basked and gleamed in the May sunshine, crowds of Hyde shoppers gathered to support a group of young aspiring gymnasts, who have been working tirelessly to achieve their dreams. The talented group, who have recently qualified to compete in the USAIGC World Championships in Orlando Florida, used the occasion to raise money to help the girls realise their American Dream.

Adding his own unique blend of fun to the Car Show saw ‘ROARY’ – Hyde United’s Specsavers sponsored mascot, was not to be outdone as he too took his turn on the gymnast’s mat, where he performed his own inimitable style of physical workout, which earned him round upon round of spontaneous applause from the delighted crowd.

Diane Wood, Director of Specsavers, Hyde, along with Hyde & Stalybridge MP Jonathan Reynolds, took great interest and close inspection of the Classic Car entries and carried out numerous conversations with owners whose cars were on display, before making their final judging decision as which vehicle would receive the ‘Car of the Show’ winning trophy.

Diane said, “With the wide-range of superbly restored and lovingly cherished cars here today; some dating back to the 1930’s, judging was a bitter-sweet experience because both Jonny and I found that all the entrants, were in their own way magnificent. But finally we both agreed that a totally rebuilt and beautifully restored 1934 Alvis and a fabulous American Buick of the fifties; who’s styling and sheer physical presence, were throughout the day, drawing the majority of admiration with the visitors and classic car fans, followed closely by a sleek and very appealing bright red 1930’s Ford Special.”

Echoing Diane’s comments on their final judging decision, Jonathan Reynolds added, “Yet again, huge thanks and recognition must go to the enormous amount of behind the scenes work and organisation that the Hyde Town Team volunteers put into these Town Centre events. For my part, being asked to judge the show is a sheer pleasure. And whilst wandering around the show amongst a truly glorious variety of the cars, and witnessing the friendliness and approachability of the vehicle owners, meeting people, supporting local talent and seeing the delight on the faces of the towns’ shoppers and visitors, proves just how fantastic a local Town Centre event can turn out to be.”

Once again Hyde hosted a fantastic day of fun for all the family with Classic Cars from the bygone years of motoring, coupled with music, gymnastics and dance. And with that as a precursor, you must now ‘watch this space’ for the next great event in the Hyde Town Team calendar.

Saturday 19th May 2018, will see Hyde Town Centre host a few hours of musical entertainment from a selection of very talented students from Hyde Community College. Please, lets give them a big Hyde welcome and show them your support.