Well, after all the organising and publicity for the Bangor Sea Shore Festival over the last eight months, the 7th of June 2014 had arrived. Our committee arrived at Bangor Castle at 7.00am to be greeted by the main organisers Robert Hoy and Trevor Mitchell. The show was quickly getting underway, with the Spitfire Plane, Army Vehicles, Maxwell Freight’s Tractor Units, Mellon’s the local Hyundai dealer, food and various other stalls along with our own Club Stand were already set up.
Weather wise we were expecting a few showers to dampen the day, but unfortunately from nearly the word go we were not that luckly. Rather wet, the vintage and classic cars started to arrive, including a 1912 Austin, three Delorans, two classic Belfast Bin Lorries, two classic Belfast Buses, around 150 cars including around 25 Morris Minors. As the day went on, the rain did not ease for a second.
Throughout the day we had a competition running. We had kindly be given a window locally in McCullough’s Shop where we had dressed the window with our Club Regalia. We had placed a Morris Minor model in the window with a certain registration number on it. The competition was that the exhibitors entered had to visit McCulloughs Shop to see what the registration number was and when post the answer to the Club Stand at the Show.
Also on both days we had an indoor fashion show which went down very well with the ladies. The cavalcade of old vehicles through the town centre took place at 4.30pm, with the town’s Mayor being in attendance in one of the army vehicles.
On the Sunday (8th June) the sun finally started to shine. Once again there was a fabulous turnout of vehicles. This time we could finally all sit out at the tables and enjoy our lunches. As the temperatures increased, more and more people flocked in to see the exhibits including the trade stalls. As the cavalcade went so well on Saturday we were asked to once again drive around the town, a task we were only happy to oblige.
At the end of the cavalcade each vehicle was presented with a souvenir MMOC-NI key ring as a memento of the day. A fantastic event, the biggest that the club has ever taken on, went very well.