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CAR enthusiasts flocked to Fareham for a celebration of a bygone age.

The Bygone Fareham event saw dozens of beautifully-restored cars line up in the town centre.

FLASHBACK Veronica Selby and Simon Lewry in a 1919 Citroen. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (132541-1)

FLASHBACK Veronica Selby and Simon Lewry in a 1919 Citroen. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (132541-1)

More than 60 vehicles from groups including the South Hants Vehicle Preservation Society, the Morris Marina Owners’ Club, the Morris Minor Owners’ Club and the Portsmouth and Southampton Mini Owners’ Club, took over the pedestrianised shopping area for the day for ninth year.

Stephen Emery, from the Locks Heath Classic Car Club, was proudly displaying his pristine Triumph 2000.

Stephen, 57, said: ‘It’s a hobby as well as a car. People always stop and have a chat, usually they say “oh, my dad used to have one of those”. It’s got a bit of character.’

Edna Brown, from Highlands Road, Fareham, was at the event with her husband Colin, who owns a 1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith.

Edna said: ‘Sometimes he takes me out, I always sit in the front. It does about 12 miles to the gallon so we don’t go very far.’

Simon Lewry, from Fareham, was proudly showing off his 1919 Citroen. He is part of the South Hants Vehicle Preservation Society.

The 56-year-old said: ‘We attend every year.

‘It’s nice, with people talking to you about the cars.’

Among the classic cars, the Portsmouth and Southampton Mini Owners’ Club, which is based in Locks Heath, had 12 Minis on display.

Nick Pellatt, 51, from Stubbington said: ‘It’s a brilliant event. We love to attend, even though we are not classed as classic cars, we still get people stopping and looking.’

Johnny Buxton, from Fareham, came to the town to see the cars with his three-year old daughter Ilana.

Johnny, 32, said: ‘The BMW is my favourite. It’s a great event. I’m a fan of cars and I’m trying to get my daughter into them.’

Now That’s Jive put on a dance show to music from the 40s and 50s in the performance podium, and 16-year old vocalist, Nathan Cannon, sang Rat Pack style.