Classic car run a big success

21 August 2019
About 120 classic cars gathered at Norwich Cathedral for the 2019 Norfolk Open Churches Classic Car Run which kicked off the Norfolk Open Churches Week. This year's event took place on Saturday 3 August and the entries included 10 pre-war cars including a 1927 MG and 1934 Rolls Royce as well a wide range from the 1940s to the 1970s and some more modern marks.
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The Rt Revd Alan Winton, the Bishop of Thetford, picked a beautiful 1958 Aston Marton MkIII owned by Bruce and Sue Wellings as his 'Car of the Day' before waving off the vehicles.

This year the run had the theme Breckland and Forests and the route passed about 30 different churches including Wymondham Abbey and churches at Hethersett, Great Ellingham, Merton, Beckles and Wilby.
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The run ended at the Church of St Peter and St Paul at East Harling where a packed congregation enjoyed the ‘pit-stop’ service led by the Revd David Smith and the Bishop of Thetford.

The day was a great social event with the rare opportunity of seeing some of Norfolk's more remote churches and enjoying the quieter countryside.
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The Norfolk Open Churches Classic Car Run is organised by Richard Mitchell and Maurice Gowen with the help of the Norwich Diocesan office.

Profits from the event go towards the maintenance and upkeep of Norwich Cathedral.
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