Classic cars attract the crowds

    JOHN and Linda Orford with the rare Fiat Jamine

    CLASSIC cars, maypole dancing and barn owls all added to the mix for St Michael’s fete at Stinsford on Saturday.

    Visitors to the popular event, again blessed with good weather, were also able to enjoy light lunches, teas and coffees and home-made cakes.

    The event attractions also included floral displays in the church, pony and trap rides and a range of stalls to browse.

    Among the car enthusiasts was John and Linda Orford who brought along their bright yellow and red Fiat Jamine – often dubbed “the Noddy car”.

    John believes there are only around 18 in this country and possibly less than 50 in the world. The couple’s car was built in 1969, has a “tweeked” Fiat 500 engine and has been in their possession for six years.

    “It’s fun to drive. It certainly turns heads,” said John who with Linda takes part in several of the local rallies each year.

    Popular with youngsters at the fete was Steve Mears and his two barn owls while older visitors were keen to chat with Dorchester man Len Watts who brought along his mini steam engine, built by Len and wife, Milly, out of recycled parts in memory of their grand-daughter Jodie Brown who died, aged six, in 1997.