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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-23-06

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Shining motors and blue Sky at this year's Woodvale Rally...
Photograph by Patrick Trollope.

THIS was 1 of the hottest Woodvale Rallies yet. Over 17 June and 18 June 2017, with blue sky and Sun throughout both days, you could not have asked for better. This hot weather brought out the crowds and it even led to a few issues getting into Southport, on Sunday at 1 stage… Over night was also amazing, with a laser show outside, for those camping and live music in the bar… Plus most of those camping had many hours enjoying the warm short night, looking up at the stars and telling motoring tales…

For VIP's this year, Saturday had the great local X-Factor finalist and former Brookside Star, Ray Quinn, taking to the stage. Also not only that, the day had Miss Liverpool City Region 2017, Elli Wilson, Miss Southport 2017, Gwen Raby and for the ladies, Mr. Liverpool City Region, Tom Khan! But on Sunday, for 1 of her very last appearances as the presiding Miss England, the stunning Miss England, was none other than Elizabeth Grant. Plus, on Sunday, the show welcomed the Mayor of Sefton…

For live and acts music, the popular Mike Byrne and the Sunrockers were among the many entertainers to take to the main stage during the weekend and the Norman village re-enactment, on their first visit to the rally, also proved popular as well as educational. Other fantastic acts included:- Brown on Blonde - Female Duo, So Talented Show Troupe, and Jacqui Lewis, along with the rising star Astrid Smith…

Other entertainment included the West Lancs Dog Display Team and Jemma Leopold did amazing shows in the main arena... Also, we have to mention the show's most regular act, the Crazy Bears, who kept young show goers entertained on both days...

This year also saw a slight time warp on Victoria Park, that led people into the 12 Century, as The Historia Normannis Southport Group set up camp to deliver battles and living displays to teach about medieval life.

The show's General Manager, Peter Wood. Said that:- "It has been a wonderful show, blessed with superb weather. The showground was packed and it was great to see so many people enjoying the many attractions and entertainment in such glorious sunshine."

Charlie Scott, the show's Vehicle Display Manager, added:- "The car section was very successful this year with an amazing turn out. The judges had a really hard job picking the winners in all categories. The standard was so high. These guys had certainly put in a lot of effort into making their cars look so good."

Miss England 2017, Elizabeth Grant, who is just 21 years old, and from Preston, said:- "I've had a wonderful day. It's the first time I've been to the rally and I'm amazed at how much is going on. We had a good look around and my mum spotted a car she used to have when she was a kid. We went from looking at cars to watching the re-enactment of a Norman battle then on to touching reptiles. It's been fantastic."

Organisers are delighted with the success of this year's rally. Bookings for camping, tickets and attractions have already been taken for next year's event, which takes place on 16 June and 17 June 2018.

Please click on
here to see our Part 1 of our photographic coverage from this amazing Southport show.

Did you attend? Please let us know what you thought of the show by emailing us to:-

For further information visit:- WoodvaleRally.Com and to take part in next year's show, please email  them as soon as you can, as next year will have many more surprises…


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