Appleby’s 15th classic tour a sunshine success

Date: Friday 17th May 2019

NOW in its 15th year, the Rotary Club of Appleby charity classic car tour started once again from the grounds of Appleby Castle in glorious weather.

Appleby’s new mayor, Jilly Dixon-Dougherty, assisted by the mayoress, flagged the cars off at one minute intervals to start their scenic journey to Leyburn in the Yorkshire Dales where there was a lunch stop. In total, the trip covered around 120 miles of fantastic Dales scenery both in Cumbria and Yorkshire.

One of the special entries in this year’s event was Mark Chambers in his 1966 Ford Cortina with his son George Chambers who has cancer but is “mad keen” on his father’s classic car and very much wanted to take part in the event.

A new award this year was for the car the mayor would choose for herself, and this went to David Bellsham’s 1937 Worsley 14/56, the oldest car in the tour.

In all, around 50 cars took part, ranging from John and Jane Taylor’s 1947 MGTC to John McDarren’s 2009 Aston Martin DB9. One of the most unusual vehicles was Jonty Rostron’s 1950 Jowett.

A tea at the end of the event was provided by members of the freemasons at the Masonic Hall in Boroughgate, at which the president of Appleby Rotary Club, Martin Stephenson, thanked all those who had helped in any way to make the day such a success in glorious weather. Thanks were also given to Sally Nightingale, the owner of Appleby Castle, for the use of the grounds.

Mr Stephenson pointed out that any surplus funds from the car tour would be distributed to a variety of registered charities both local, national and international.

Besides the funds raised for charity by the car tour, the freemasons also ran a raffle to raise money for Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland.