Norwich charity motor show gears up for family fun

The 2011 Norwich Charity Motor Show and fun day with attractions for all the family is being staged this weekend and for the first time will be on for two days. The fourth annual event takes place at Norwich Rugby Club's ground in North Walsham Road, near Sprowston, on Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 4pm.

The show is organised and run by Wroxham and Hoveton Lions Club, with the help of Norwich North Lions Club, on a non profit-making basis. All the proceeds will be split equally between the East Anglian Air Ambulance and another deserving cause, which changes each year. This year, that charity is Help for Heroes. Since first run in 2008 the show has raised about �27,000.

One of the highlights of this year's event will be a display by two Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfires on the Sunday.

One of the criteria when planning the first show was to make it an enjoyable experience for all the family and therefore, in addition to new vehicles from most of the local dealerships, past attractions have included the original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car, Little Nellie autogyro and cars from James Bond, as well as Daleks and characters from Star Wars.

This philosophy has continued and due to public demand, this year sees the return of the Daleks and Star Wars characters, along with the Spitfires. Due to the heavy demand for the Spitfire displays, a precise time for their appearance has not yet been finalised.

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Regular features include a large number and variety of classic cars, classic motorcycles, craft, trade and charity stalls, live music, including Taverham Brass Band, police and fire vehicles, children's rides and amusements, competitions, a live auction and a prize draw raffle.

The great advantage for anyone who is considering buying a new car is the chance to see and compare new models in one location, without the need to travel from showroom to showroom.

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Because the Lions do not have any paid executives and give their time freely, all proceeds from events such as this, after deduction of essential expenditure, are given to the causes supported.

Admission to the motor show and family fun day costs �2.50 for adults, with children and parking free.

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If anyone is interested in becoming a Lion, or finding out more about the organisation, visit the website at and complete the 'Contacting Clubs' page.

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