Porsche cars descend on Garstang for fund-raiser

Pictured is Mayor of Wyre Coun. Tom Balmain with Porsche owner Tony Bolton before the Tour of Trough of Bowland.
Pictured is Mayor of Wyre Coun. Tom Balmain with Porsche owner Tony Bolton before the Tour of Trough of Bowland.
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Dozens of Porsches thrilled spectators in Garstang at the weekend, as they rallied round to support a cancer charity.

Members of the Lancashire and Cumbria Region of the Porsche GB Club were flagged off from Garstang Golf Club by town mayor, Coun Tom Balmain, and Garstang Young Mayor Oliver Atkinson on Sunday morning.

Pictured are (from left) Rob Kellock, Judy and David Baker Regional Organiser, Mayor and Mayoress of Wyre Alene and Coun. Tom Balmain with Sue and Mac McLeod before the Tour of Trough of Bowland.

Pictured are (from left) Rob Kellock, Judy and David Baker Regional Organiser, Mayor and Mayoress of Wyre Alene and Coun. Tom Balmain with Sue and Mac McLeod before the Tour of Trough of Bowland.

They were all revved up to back the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, and in batches of five cars at a time, they headed off on a scenic drive through the Trough of Bowland to Burnley’s Towneley Hall, before returning to the golf club for a celebratory buffet, quiz, raffle and awards ceremony.

Each driver made a donation to participate in the drive with the money, together with that raised from the raffle, donated to Rosemere.

Drivers travelled from Scotland, Wales, Essex and Yorkshire to join a line-up that for performance car enthusiasts included a 1960s 356B model as well as brand new 911s, Boxsters, Cayennes and a Panamera.

This is the sixth year on the trot that club members, whose nickname for their Porsches is ‘Porkers’, have hit the Trough to raise money for the charity.

The club’s regional organiser, David Baker, said: “Each Porsche displayed a rally plaque with Rosemere, Porsche Club GB and our own ‘piggy’ logo on it.”

The drive was supported by 9-Apart Ltd, Garstang Golf Club, Autografix, Ad-Options Business Gifts and John Harrison Sports. Rosemere spends the donations it receives on vital equipment, research and training, which the NHS is unable to fund.