Orchard County Vintage Club geared up for rally

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Orchard County Vintage Vehicle Club members are gearing up for their 24th annual fundraising rally tomorrow (Saturday).

Last year the club raised £6750.00 for charity and are hoping for the public’s support once again at 120 Portadown Road, Armagh. Marie Curie, Chest Heart & Stroke and Diabetes NI will all benefit.

Chairman Jack Martin said, “Local people and businesses have always been very generous in their support of our club as they know that we donate all the money raised to our chosen charities.

“There is always a great buzz about the place on rally day and we are looking forward to another great day.

“Among the exhibits will be a collection of some of the oldest cars and motorcycles in Ireland, and a unique piece of Northern Ireland motoring history, a Delorean. A large collection of tractors, cars and trucks is expected to attend along with a blacksmith who hopes to demonstrate horse shoeing.”

The threshing display is always popular and two vintage threshers have been purchased by club members. There will be a collection of old farm machinery and a poultry fair. Bread making will be among the many demonstrations taking place. A dancing pony is expected to draw attention. Music will be provided by Radio Star’s Jenny B and County Girl Clare, a pipe band and a traditional Irish band.

Car booters and stall holders are welcome. The bouncy castle and slide brings loads of fun. Catering is in-house and the Flo’s Kitchen will be in operation along with a burger stall. Rory Woolf hopes to attend with his steam engine.

Auction items include a Novo engined orchard sprayer, a Bamfords slack spreader, a hay float and a cart.