THOUSANDS of people visited Colne Valley to take in the sights and sounds of a vehicle rally.

More than 4,000 people are thought to have attended the Aldham Old Time Rally as the warm weather drew in families and car fanatics.

The annual event, held in White Colne, featured a host of vehicles ranging from classic cars to steam engines.Gazette:

It is estimated there were 100 more cars than at last year’s event, while there were at least 80 tractors and 70 military vehicles.

George Posner, of the rally committee, has been helping organise the event for 38 years and he said this year’s rally was one of the best ever.

He said: “It went exceptionally well.

“This year’s rally in Melford has been cancelled and a similar one in West Bergholt is also no longer running so it was great to see so many people come out and support ours.


 Emily House, four, with her big brother Oscar, eight

“You could tell from early on it was going well as we had to manage the car park. A lot of people like the rally because of the atmosphere.

“We had a small fairground, good mix of stalls and a variety of refreshments so it made for a really good family day out.”

Any profits made from the event will be shared between the Earls Colne Scouts and Guides, and the North East Essex Tractor and Engine Club.


Ken Bell with his German Bubble Car (photo by Tony Argent) 


Gavin Copeman and his children with his German army vehicle (photo by Tony Argent)