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Thursday 18 October 2018

Newly-founded Bree Vintage Club is off to a flyer with fundraiser

Mick Foley, Davy Maher, Liam Kelly, Eamon 0Doyle and Pat Banville from Castle Vintage Club
Mick Foley, Davy Maher, Liam Kelly, Eamon 0Doyle and Pat Banville from Castle Vintage Club

Pádraig Byrne

Despite being just six weeks old, the newly-formed Bree Vintage Club already has one successful event under it's belt after vintage vehicles from all over the county arrived into the village for their very first run.

An impressive array of impeccably maintained machines began to arrive in the village from morning before setting off on a short spin at around lunchtime. Around 150 tractors took part on the day and there was everything from fabulous vintage Fords and meticulously maintained Masseys right up to the very latest models. Afterwards it was back to Byrne's of Bree for some food and music from up and coming trad act Intro.

Given the fact that the club is still very much in its infancy, Chairman Tommy Plummer was delighted with the support the event received.

'Basically we wanted to do a run for the Hope Centre, but the insurance was too high unless we had a club,' he explained. 'For that reason, we decided to form the Bree Vintage Club and now we're going to keep it going and make it an annual event. We have 25 members already and we're delighted with how the first run went.'

While the money raised for the Hope Centre is still being tallied, Tommy says that it has already exceeded €4,000, which they are delighted with. The organisers wished to thank everyone who got involved on the day, particularly the sponsors of the event which they hope will grow into a permanent fixture on the calendar.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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