Vintage road run next weekend

A BUMPER entry of vintage vehicles will converge on Rothesay next weekend for one of the highlights of the island’s summer – the Bute Vintage Club charity rally and road run.

Vintage vehicles are expected to travel from all over Scotland for the event next Saturday, July 9 – and the number of entries anticipated is so large that the organisers have moved the venue for the pre-road-run gathering from Guildford Square to the promenade behind the Discovery Centre, where the Bute Ceilidh Band will provide the soundtrack.

Vehicles taking part in the road run will assemble on the ‘prom’ from 10am onwards, and will be flagged off by entertainer and Bute lover Johnny Beattie, a long-time supporter of the club’s activities, at 11.30am.

A highlight of this year’s road run will be a visit by the vehicles involved to Mount Stuart, where the participants will converge between approximately 12.30pm and 1.45pm; the road run will reach its conclusion on Ardbeg Road, at Isle of Bute Sailing Club, at approximately 2.30pm.

Funds raised at this year’s event will be split between the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution, Bute’s district nurses and Macmillan Cancer Support, in memory of club stalwart Willie Hunter, who passed away in February.