There was a great selection of different “prams” - contraptions – and moveable objects ready to start the fun day, some emblazoned with balloons, many differing in colours, and two that heralded the “Titanic” ship, with crew (pushers) and those supporting them, from the young to the old, in the cold conditions, they were all ready and prepared to “GO”
As “Her Majesty & Prince Philip” started the event....the prams set off down Marlpit Hill, to the eventual finishing line at The Great Stone Bridge.
The “Prams” hurtled down the hill by the top station, under the bridge with all their eyes on the prize of getting to the finishing line, there were a few of these fantastic contraptions that found their - prams – difficult to control, but all in all they all made the finishing line – nearly all intact!
To finally be awarded prizes for their devoted efforts!
In Stangrove Park there were many events and superb stands, a great dog show was in action and many entered their dogs winning a prize, children could climb up palm trees and get the feeling of climbing to the “top of the world” it was a great display of many stands that could and will assist the community of the town
We can thank so much for the organising of this spectacular event - The Classic Vehicle Parade , especially the funding for the excellent display of the WW2 Spitfire was - Ralph Metcalfe and his wife Tracie from the Mocha Bean cafe & The Chic Dress Agency in Edenbridge, and all those who controlled the traffic, the officials...They can all be proud of their hard work in making this the best day of the festival...!!!
The wonderful display of vintage motorcycles, scooters, cars, campers, and caravans, road cars, sports cars, luxury cars, for the classic vehicle parade all lined up in Fircroft Way, from the entrance by Topfoto all the way down the road to the beginning of the estate, literally many dozens and dozens of fantastic vehicles.
In Fircroft Way the Mod’s and Rockers ....met in unity with friendship and forgetting the past days of the 60’s when their confrontations were evident in all the national papers!
There the “Mod’s and Rockers” are now friends together (not like in the days in the mid 60’s where they fought pitched battles on the beaches of Brighton )
I talked to some of them and still they remain loyal to the scooters whatever model they rode – Lambretta’s or Vespa’s, and I must say as an old “Mod” they looked absolutely fantastic and their scooters looked magnificent.
A wonderful selection of vintage motorbikes were lined up for the parade, such great memorable names as - Royal Enfield, Triumph, BSA, Norton, Velocette, AJS, Matchless and many more old favourites, all looking pristine and in great working order loving restored by their owners.
First to lead the procession of vintage cars, motorcycles and scooters was...The H.O.G... Harleys Owners Group....about 30 magnificent Harley’s strong stormed out of Fircroft Way as the “Sound of Thunder”, all rode in unison together in a formidable procession from Fircroft Way, down through the town to the final exhibition of them all at the town’s recreation ground in Lingfield Road, where all the cars, caravans, scooters, motorcycles, VW’s and Harleys were lined up for everyone to see, with the children sitting on them and in the cars having their photos taken.
The excellent display of scooters followed, then “Queen Elizabeth & Prince Phillip” in a wonderful old vintage car, waving to the crowds as only the “Queen can do” led the procession of magnificent cars, one dating back to the 1900’s which was a wonder to see, all the way through the years to the modern sports cars of today.
They all made their way in a wonderful procession through the town’s High Street, to the admiration of the hundred’s that stood watching and waving union jacks, cheering and whistling to the towns recreation ground in Lingfield Road for the static display, which soon filled up with hundreds of visitors and children all admiring the great and fantastic display
Hundreds of us awaited with great anticipation of the 1944 (with D-Day Markings) MK 9 Spitfire that was due at 03.30, but the dear “Old Girl” suddenly found herself arriving early due to the weather conditions brightening up over Biggin Hill where it took off from.....Suddenly the crowds heard the familiar sound and all looked in the skies and pointed as it was spotted coming over the recreation ground. What a magnificent 10 minute display of this most Famous Plane of WW2 demonstrating it’s beautiful manoeuvrability over the skies of Edenbridge, the pilot gave everyone an exciting few minutes to always remember, she came in low over the crowds spun heavenwards, swung to the right and left, came back over lower giving all a clear showing of her D-Day Markings, everyone clapped and waved their flags as a tribute to this Magnificent flying machine. The very few who remembered those early WW2 days, during the Battle of Britain, explained to me that they remembered with great affection, when over the skies of Kent, and Edenbridge they could see and witness the vapour trails of these aircraft and their Heroic Pilots battling the Luftwaffe in the clear blue skies, for the Freedom of Britain during June 1940 to September 1940...to save Britain from invasion by the Nazi oppressor!!!
As the Spitfire finished its last “Victory Roll” over the town of Edenbridge, and finally tipping it’s wings from side to side, said in its own way...”We Fought For You ...Remember Us All”, with over 600 R.A.F. Pilots, from England, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Poland, and the Commonwealth Countries!...who gave their Lives for our Freedom!!!
From the many who I spoke to they all said that this day was the “Best of All Days” for The Edenbridge Festival, especially with the Spitfire...Yes for the town of Edenbridge...This was A Great day to Remember...and a proud one which we will all remember !!!
There are many more events taking place during the Eden Valley Festival... until June 17th.....find out what is going on and book your event to see....Have a Great Time...!!!
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