THE HUGELY popular Cumbria Easter Rally is about to come of age.

The 21st staging of the event takes place on the Easter weekend of Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21 at the twin venues of Kirkby Stephen and Brough, and this year it promises to be bigger and better than ever.

The rally will feature more than 250 vintage buses, lorries and commercial vehicles which will be on show during the day, and there will also be free vintage bus rides between the towns, refreshment stalls and children's rides.

The classic vehicles at this year’s rally date back as far as 1919, with many of these vehicles taking part in the now traditional evening procession, and another highlight will be the annual road run through the fells between the towns, which takes place on the Saturday.

The event has been organised by not-for-profit, social enterprise body Encounter Eden, and the group's spokesperson Nanette Rigg said they were delighted to be involved.

"Encounter Eden took on the task of organising and promoting Cumbria Easter Rally in 2018, to help maintain what has become the first main visitor attraction of the Cumbrian tourism calendar," she said.

"The event has also proved its importance to the local community as a flagship event, with local observers reckoning that up to 10,000 attended the event in 2018, bringing an extremely welcome estimated £100,000 into the local economy.

Entry is free for exhibiting historic, commercial vehicles and entry to the public for the family-friendly event is also free.

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