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Special debut at Grimsthorpe Castle for the Baston Car and Bike Show 2019

The tranquil countryside surrounding Grimsthorpe Castle was filled with the sounds of engines and people on Sunday as thousands of petrolheads turned up for a car and bike show.

People took advantage of the good weather and turned up in their droves for the ninth annual Baston Car and Bike Show which was held at the castle for the first time.

The theme of the show this year was a celebration of the Mini and the organisers had worked had with Mini owners’ club and Mini owners to get a model from every single year the chic car has been in existence.

There were only three years missing from the collection at the show.

Antony Squires, chairman of organisers Baston events, said: “It went extraordinarily well.

“To be honest, given that it’s the first time we have held it at Grimsthorpe Castle, it couldn’t have gone any better.

“The weather was great, we had a significant turnout not only of people but also of cars and bikes too.

“I would say this is easily one the best events that we have ever done in terms of profit and the best we have ever done is £16,000 so it’s going to be more than that.

“From the eight events that we have done over the years, we have donated around £70,000 to groups, clubs and organisations in Baston and the surrounding area.

“For instance, we’ve given to the Brownies so that they can go on trips away and we’ve also donated to the Baston PTA and their library bus.

“The show is organised by a very small group of people and I would like to say thank you to them for their time and effort.

“I would also like to thank the volunteers who give up their time unpaid to make sure the show runs smoothly.

“Without these people, we couldn’t do it without them."

Grimsthorpe Castle is the third venue for the Baston Car and Bike Show after it outgrew the Brudenell Playing Fields and a field off the A15.

As well as the cars and bikes, there was also laser tag, a climbing wall, trade stands, food and drink and live music.

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