SLIDESHOW: Large crowd gathers to watch Drumbo classic and vintage event

The annual Drumbo classic and vintage event was held in Drumbo village on Thursday evening 16th July with motorcycles, cars and tractors gathering from around 6.00pm to take part.

The event was organised by a group of enthusiasts from Drumbo Presbyterian Church in support of the new halls project, presently under construction.

Three generations of man and machine ' Drumbo men Cecil, Alan and Chris with their T 20, MF 35 and MF 165 tractors.

Three generations of man and machine ' Drumbo men Cecil, Alan and Chris with their T 20, MF 35 and MF 165 tractors.

Unlike last year when the event was bathed in glorious sunshine, the weather was rather unkind with periods of heavy rain. Even so, a large crowd gathered to support the event.

There was a wide variety of cars from the 1950s to the 1980s with a strong turnout of Morris Minors, Triumphs and MGs to name but a few.

A noteworthy entry this year was the “Green Goddess” Bedford fire engine, an unusual vehicle for sure.

There was a strong turnout of old and new tractors with several freshly restored models on their “maiden voyage”.

The standard of vintage restorations on display was terrific with the finish often much better than the original factory product.

The “little grey Fergi” was well represented. This is the tractor that really brought mechanisation to local farms in the 1940s and 50s.

By contrast, the modern tractors represented the huge development there has been with this type of vehicle in terms of size, power and sophistication over the past thirty years or so.

Several local agricultural contacting businesses were well represented and took the opportunity to showcase their modern fleets.

Commentators Roy Neil and George McCann conducted several engaging interviews with entrants who were happy to share detail of their vehicles and how they came to own them.

The start of the road run was heralded with the “firing-up” of the MV Agusta race bike. Sweet music to the ears of all petrol-heads! Motorcyclist Raymond Hunter lead the way on his 500 Suzuki with Andy Welsh heading the cars in his almond-green Morris Minor saloon, David Kirkwood’s International tractor first in that contingent.

The cavalcade took in Tullyard Hill, Saintfield Road, Temple, Ballynahinch Road, Carr Road and Front Road back to Drumbo Village.

It was encouraging that many local residents on route braved the rain for a close-up view of the vehicles.

A superb “Drumbo Supper” was provided by the ladies of the church for everyone at the event.

Throughout the evening Ballies Mills Accordion Band provided quality musical entertainment which was greatly appreciated by spectators and participants alike.

The evening’s activities were enjoyed by all who attended despite the inclement conditions.

The organisers would like to thank all sponsors, participants and spectators for their support and the ladies for their generous hospitality.

To date the combined effort of all involved has raised the magnificent total of £3,600 for the new halls project.