CROWDS have flocked to an annual charity extravaganza.

People have made the most of spring sunshine this weekend and steered a course to the Bronte Vintage Gathering.

A huge range of attractions has been on offer at the event, which was celebrating its 21st anniversary.

Since the gathering was first held, it – together with other activities staged by the organising team – has raised over £450,600 for Oxenhope Sue Ryder hospice Manorlands.

And this year’s event – which took place yesterday and today at the showfield in Haworth Road, Cullingworth – is being hailed as another bumper success.

“We have been really busy both days – there were lots of visitors,” said Trish Wood, one of the organisers.

“The weather has been kind to us once again. It stayed dry yesterday and today we have had beautiful sunshine.

“We are delighted with how it has gone.

“Thanks to everybody who came along to give their support, those who donated and everyone who helped out.”

Entertainment in the arena included displays from the Knights of Nottingham and SMJ Falconry, and there was terrier racing and a dog agility show.

Other draws included a fairground, bouncy castle, slides, Blackpool donkey rides, an Old Spot beer tent, food and trade stands, a craft marquee and clay pigeon shooting.

Among exhibits were cars, commercial and military vehicles, miniature steam engines, motorcycles, tractors and stationary engines.

On Friday night, there was a well-attended Hillbilly gathering with Howlin’ Johnny & The Devil’s Rejects.

A collectors’ and machinery auction took place yesterday, and there was free, live music at night.

An auction of donated goods was held this afternoon.

“Twenty-one years is a massive milestone and a big thank-you goes to everyone who has helped get us there – it’s amazing,” added Trish, who has been involved since the beginning.

“In the initial years I came as an exhibitor with the tractors.

“At that time it was a small-scale event, mainly just a tractor show. But it has grown year on year.”

The BVG group also organises an annual charity night, at Keighley Rugby Union Football Club, in November.

Last year’s – which featured cake, bottle and surprise parcel stalls, a quiz, raffle, auction and pie and peas supper – raised just over £4,000.

For more details about the group, visit its Facebook page.

Manorlands supports patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families at the hospice and in the community, across an area covering Craven, Airedale and Wharfedale as well as parts of Bradford.

The inpatient hospice provides round-the-clock assessment and specialist care to help manage patients’ symptoms.

In addition, a day service helps people living with long-term conditions to avoid unnecessary trips to hospital, as well as offering social opportunities with others experiencing similar circumstances.

It also offers community services for people who prefer to receive palliative care at home.

All services are free to patients and their loved ones, but it costs £9,000 a day to keep the hospice doors open. Only a small part is covered by statutory funds.

Manorlands stages a wide range of fundraising events and challenges itself , but also offers help and support to people looking to organise their own activities.

"Take your pick from our challenges and events – whether you prefer them to feature trainers, bake sales, bicycles or much more!" said a spokesman.

"If you can't find something you're interested in, please do your own thing to support us."

For more details, go to or contact the hospice's fundraising office on 01535 640430.‎