Record vintage entries attend ‘best Claragh Bridge show to date’
Record numbers of vintage vehicles and visitors attended the 9th annual cross-community Claragh Bridge Vintage, Classic, and Agricultural show in Drumaroad on Saturday 28th July.
Despite the inclement weather people enjoyed a day packed of vintage vehicles, and attractions. BBC Radio Ulster made an early morning visit to the show and broadcast a live radio interview on the Saturday morning programme ‘Your Place and Mine’.
Crowds enjoyed the display of steam engines as well as the return of threshing mills and bailers threshing the corn. The show also hosted a wide range of stalls and trade stands as well as the country market and craft fayre. Drumaroad and Clanvaraghan Community Zone held a bake off competition, a fancy dress competition for children and presented their findings from the recently completed village plan for Clanvaraghan.
The opening of the Blacksmith’s shop on the Ballynahinch Road by Walter Watson and the display of original blacksmith tools was also enjoyed by visitors. Other popular attractions included the annual town-land tug o war completion which was won by Claragh Bridge captained by Seamus Fegan. Musical entertainment and compere for the day was provided by Eamon McCann.
Claragh Bridge Vintage Club Chairperson Liam Quinn sincerely thanked everyone in the planning and organisation of the cross-community event which was the most successful to date. Speaking to Newry Times, a spokesperson said, “The 9th annual show was attended by large crowds and again record entries beating last year’s show.
“Despite the very changeable weather people enjoyed the carnival atmosphere and wide range of attractions. Given the very present economic climate it was far beyond the organizing committee’s expectations how successful the show was this year. It is a credit to the dedicated voluntary efforts of all who worked planned and organised the show since January to ensure an enjoyable day for all the family.”
Main proceeds from the 2012 show will be donated to Autism Initiatives as well as local charitable, community and voluntary organizations. Claragh Bridge wishes to thank all sponsors, advertisers and patrons, and look forward to welcoming everyone to the 10th anniversary show on Saturday 27th July 2013.
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