A MAJOR annual charity fundraiser has been hailed as a massive success by delighted organisers.

Crowds have flocked to the sun-soaked Bronte Vintage Gathering (BVG), which coins-in cash for Oxenhope Sue Ryder hospice Manorlands.

The extravaganza has been staged over the weekend at the showfield in Haworth Road, Cullingworth.

People packed into the site both yesterday and today to enjoy a huge range of attractions.

"It was absolutely fabulous," said Trish Wood, co-secretary of the BVG group.

"We had camels for the first time, and they went down a storm. People loved them.

"There was a mixture of new attractions and traditional favourites and the atmosphere was just fantastic.

"It's too early to say how much may have been raised, but we're certainly hoping to match proceeds from the last couple of years.

"Organising the event is very much a team effort by a small group of volunteers and thanks go to everyone involved.

"And I would like to say a big thank-you to everybody who gave their support and the many people who came along.

"It has been an incredible weekend."

Popular attractions returning to the arena included a sheep show, terrier racing, dog agility and SMJ Falconry.

Also on offer were a fairground, an RAF flypast, bouncy castle and slides, donkey rides, an Old Spot beer tent, food and trade stands, a crafts marquee and clay pigeon shooting.

Exhibits included cars, commercial and military vehicles, motorcycles, stationary and miniature steam engines and tractors.

There was also a collectors' and machinery auction yesterday, and live music last night.

Plus an auction of donated goods has taken place this afternoon.

The extravaganza was the 20th organised by the group.

And since it began, the event – together with other activities staged by the same group – has raised a staggering £409,000-plus.

"I'm delighted and really proud that the event has reached this anniversary landmark," added Mrs Wood.

"I can't believe it has come such a long way since those early days, when there were about half a dozen tractors on show. And the amount raised is fantastic.

"Apart from one year when it had to be cancelled due to the foot and mouth outbreak and another when we were forced to halt the event after the first day because of atrocious weather conditions, it has never missed."