Vintage day at Frenchay Museum

Dave Crossley with his 1961 Cotton Continental, next to a 1935 Cotton Python, currently under restoration. (8446941)

SR_241_001 Gemma Smye and her daughter Esme, 4, enjoy an ice cream in the rain at the Frenchay Flower show (8439412)

SR_242_001 Winning entries, Oscar Sheppard, 3, Olivia Sheppard, 6, Ryan Stonelake, 3, Ffion Stonelake, 5, at the Frenchay Flower Show on Saturday (8439426)

SR_243_001 Susie Davies and Helen Davies with their winning entries at the Frenchay Flower Show (8439453)

SR_244_001 Susie Davies and Helen Davies with their winning entries at the Frenchay Flower Show (8439461)

SR_245_001 Rachael Mather with her winning francy cakes (8439470)

SR_246_001 Rachael Mather with her winning fancy cakes (8439487)

First published in News

POOR weather affected the displays at the annual Frenchay Village Museum vintage vehicle day, with numbers of motorcycles and cars reduced due to the rain.

But visitors to the event, which was combined with Frenchay Flower Show, still gave their support to the museum, with two vintage buses that ran between the two venues keeping busy with passengers.

Museum curator Alan Freke said: "Normally we would expect about 100 motorcycles and 150 cars for the display but the weather was so bad that we only had around 16 motorcycles and 30 cars. We've never been so badly affected by the weather.

"But we did have some interesting exhibits, including two Cotton motorcycles marking the centenary of F Willoughby Cotton's patent for the bike being taken out on July 21, 1914."

One of the Cottons, a 1935 Cotton Python, is being restored by Mr Freke and the other, a 1961 Continental, was ridden to the event by Dave Crossley of Yeovil.

The museum is in the grounds of the now closed Frenchay Hospital and people can see an exhibition about the hospital within the building on the corner of Begbrook Road and Bristol Road.

The flower show was held next to Frenchay village hall and was also well supported.

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