Thursday 14 December 2017

Blast from the past

Making bread at the Vintage Rally in Whitechurch last Sunday was Mary Walsh
Making bread at the Vintage Rally in Whitechurch last Sunday was Mary Walsh

A HUGE crowd attended the annual Whitechurch vintage rally on Sunday savouring the atmosphere.

Hundreds of people from across the county descended on Kane's farm in Whitechurch enjoying everything from the working horse event to craft displays and vintage vehicles.

One of the event organisers said: 'We were blessed with the weather today dry all day. We would like to thank everyone who visited us today in Whitechurch and hope you had a great day.'

Visitors felt like they were stepping back in time as the event was free from all modern trappings, with no stalls, bouncy castles or fun fairs anywhere to be seen.

The vintage show had all the trappings of a 1950's show in the Ireland of the 1950s, with vintage cars and tractors.

A huge crowd attended the barn dance where patrons were treated to live music by Theresa and the Stars, while barbecue food was also available.

There was an excellent display of steam engines also, as well as a working event with practical demonstrations throughout the afternoon on all aspects of farm life before modernisation, including saw bench, stone crushing and threshing all powered by steam engines a Working Forge with horse shoeing demonstration by a farrier. Demonstrations of the traditional making of buttermilk, griddle bread, colcannon and crubeens were also available and a wide range of handmade crafts.

There was a pet's corner and kiddies disco and the annual Annie Bolger perpetual cup dog show.

The event raises money for the parish where Seamus Kane's brother Fr Mike Kane has worked in Kenya for the past 33 years.

Wexford People

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