A SPITFIRE was among vintage machines visiting the fifth Father’s Day Classic Gathering in Utley.

The Second World War fighter plane zoomed over the heads of classic car owners and enthusiasts.

Tony and Cathy Anderton again organised the event at Keighley Rugby Union Football Club, to raise money for Manorlands

The event was attended by the Craven Old Wheels Society – whose members include the organisers –Dales Historic Vehicle Club, Chevin Motor Club, City of Leeds MG & Classic Car Club, and the XR Owners Club.

Several individuals also entered their vehicles on the day, with upwards of 150 cars on display, as well as a few motorcycles, static engines, tractors and trucks.

Stalls sold a variety of goods, and the rugby club provided food. The event raised £1,455 for Manorlands.

Tony said the number of public visitors was definitely up on previous years.

He added: “We were happy with the turnout, considering there were two new larger events running locally on the same day, at Castle Howard and Harewood House, and the horrendous weather the week before.

“The planned RAF Spitfire flypast was unfortunately delayed by approximately 40 minutes, but it did finally make an appearance to the delight of the crowd. Thanks to all who stayed and waited.”

Mr Anderton wanted to thank people helped marshall the event, as well as sponsors ExPressed Steel Panels, West Yorkshire Classics Party Fire Engine, and the rugby club.

Tony added: “Plans will soon be made for next year’s event, and any interested exhibitors can contact me by email at andertontony@yahoo.co.uk with the subject line 2020 Gathering.”