Thousands enjoy Stradsett vintage rally, but weather provides parking headache for organisers

Stradsett Park Vintage Rally ANL-150405-174720009
Stradsett Park Vintage Rally ANL-150405-174720009

Thousands of people enjoyed the sights and sounds of the annual Stradsett Park vintage rally over the bank holiday weekend.

But several hundred others had to be turned away on Monday as the venue’s car parks were full.

Stradsett Park Vintage Rally'Paul Neave ANL-150405-174731009

Stradsett Park Vintage Rally'Paul Neave ANL-150405-174731009

Organiser Gordon Carson said: “We had to turn about 200 cars away. We just couldn’t get them in. We hated it but there was nothing else we could do.”

Around 4,600 people attended the 39th rally, which is held on the estate of Sir Jeremy and Lady Bagge, on Monday alone.

Although extra parking space was secured for this year’s event, Mr Carson believes the problems were exacerbated by the heavy rain which hit events across the area on Sunday morning.

But he praised traders for turning out on the opening day, despite the weather.

Stradsett Park Vintage Rally'Max Singleton 9 and Pippa Saunders ANL-150405-174916009

Stradsett Park Vintage Rally'Max Singleton 9 and Pippa Saunders ANL-150405-174916009

He said: “They still opened up even though it was chucking it down with rain. It’s so easy for people not to bother to come. We were astonished.”

He also described the level of support for the rally on Monday as “amazing.”

He added: “There was hardly a patch of grass where there wasn’t someone standing. It was phenomenal.”

Proceeds from this year’s rally will be donated to the East Anglian Air Ambulance. The final total raised is not yet known.

Stradsett Park Vintage Rally ANL-150405-174655009

Stradsett Park Vintage Rally ANL-150405-174655009