The recent Erne Vintage Car Club’s Annual Charity Parade in Enniskillen, which this year supported Fermanagh Affiliated Support Group for Down’s Syndrome, attracted a large turnout.

The successful event, which created a colourful spectacle, also proved a major fundraising success; to date they have collected over £5,300. Tribute has been paid to the collectors, who gave their support, on the day.

An impressive procession, the appreciative crowds, who were unperturbed by the weather, were treated to a steam engine, shire horses and a carriage, and also a range of vehicles, from vintage cars and tractors to old military vehicles. A number of local bands participated in the parade.

There was also entertainment at the Diamond on Friday, August 18.

On Saturday morning, August 19, 99 vintage cars set off on the annual run, having been given their starter’s orders by Selwyn Johnston, High Sheriff for County Fermanagh.

Their travels took them to Trillick Enterprise Centre for lunch, and then on to Kesh, where they parked on the main street for a couple of hours.

Noel Grainger, Chairman of Erne Vintage Car Club, mentioned that they had afternoon tea in the Mayfly Inn, which was enjoyed by everyone.

He said that afterwards there had been musical entertainment on the street, and that some dancing took place.

On the Saturday evening, they returned to the Killyhevlin Hotel for the annual dinner dance.

On Sunday, August 20, the cars set off from the Killyhevlin Hotel en route to Crom Estate and then on to the Valley Hotel, Fivemiletown, for Sunday lunch, prior to dispersing.

Noel summed it up as a very successful weekend. He thanked everyone who came to see the parade and supported their chosen charity.