Lion's event the mane attraction at Bradford on Avon

This Is Wiltshire: Crowds at the Victory Field in Bradford on Avon for the car boot sale at the Bradford on Avon Lions  Family Fun Day on Bank Holiday Monday Crowds at the Victory Field in Bradford on Avon for the car boot sale at the Bradford on Avon Lions Family Fun Day on Bank Holiday Monday

Hundreds of people flocked to the 18th Bradford on Avon Lions Fun Day on bank holiday Monday to look at the display of vintage cars, browse the car boot sale and take part in the duck race.

The free annual fun day is spread over Victory Field and Culver Close and there was an array of stalls, children’s activities and a tombola.

Manager Brain Hersee said: “It was very well attended. There was no room in the town, the car parks were full and people had to come in by bus and train.

“The car boot sale on Victory Field was booked right out. We had in excess of 150 pitches and had to turn away people that had not pre-booked. We couldn’t fit them in.

“There were 150 classic cars on Culver Field and it was full up. There was a lot of interest, with people peering into them and talking to the owners.

“The miniature steam railway was also popular with people queuing with their children, as was the duck race.”

Lions members Ines and Malcolm Crucefix, from Steeple Ashton, have been on the duck stall for the last 14 years.

They sold 400 ducks this year, which were tipped into the river at McKeever Bridge and raced down to the Packhorse Bridge.

Mr Crucifix, 82, said: “It is one of the popular events and gets lots of support because it brings people together.

“I try and keep the ducks in the water for at least 20 minutes but it depends on the rate and flow of the river.”

David Edwards, of Holt, has been a Lions member for 42 years and was in charge of the classic cars section.

He said: “The comments were very positive and people said we had a good cross section of cars that people wanted to see.

“It has got a following and the Fun Day is a big event in the Lions calendar.”

Mr Hersee added: “We are always trying to spread the word, but some people still say what is the Lions Club?

“We have been established in the town for 42 years.

“The Fun Day is a nice opportunity to get the Lions name out there.

“All the money raised goes into our charitable trust fund to be spent on local and international problems when they arise.”

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