A popular Horham country rally which has been cancelled for the past two years is set for a revival just miles from its home this June 21-22
The Horham Bygones Country Rally was originally started in 2002, as a one-off event to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee, but became an annual event and in 2011, more than 3,000 people came to the village for the festivities.
But poor weather in 2012 saw that year’s event cancelled, while the 2013 show also did not go ahead, amid fears over car parking and insurance. However, the rally has received a lifeline following a meeting between organiser Gary Woodrow and Journey Through the Ages - Vintage Rally and Country Fair, in Palgrave, organiser Gareth Mutimer, which held its first event last year in Goodrich Park.
Mr Mutimer said: “All exhibitors from Horham have now been invited to Palgrave with a fantastic response so far. To date we have double the number of exhibitors that we had last year.
“Despite the poor weather and some difficulties last year we got so much positive feedback from visitors and exhibitors that we are very optimistic about this year. Although we were a little disappointed in attendance figures last year, our first event at Goodrich Park went well and due to such a positive response, we felt we had to do it again as it has so much potential.”
Mr Woodrow added: “People kept asking us if we were going to have another Horham Bygones Country Rally. But we have decided to pass the torch on. It’s an ideal event with a village feel and no parking worries. Many of our Bygones regulars will be at this year’s event.”
This year’s event will offer Viking re-enactment groups, full- size and model steam engines, vintage vehicles, countryside crafts, donkey rides, an auto-jumble, a vintage fairground, a dog show with agility ring and a flyball course, trade stands, fairground organs, vintage and modern commercial vehicles, car clubs and a licensed bar. Anyone interested in either exhibiting a vintage vehicle or trading at Journey Through The Ages can contact the organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.Further information can also be found on the Facebook Page or website www.throughtheages.co.uk