More than 2,000 cars show up for a huge meet at St Andrew’s Quay as lockdown gets easier
Hundreds of car owners descended on a retail park in western Hull on Saturday evening as part of a large auto rally.
There were reports that around 2,500 cars were on display at the event, titled ‘Car Clubs Unite – Hull Takeover Part 1’, at St Andrew’s Quay.
The exact location was only announced on social media half an hour before the scheduled start time of 8 p.m.
There have been criticisms of the lack of social distancing in previous meetings that took place during last year’s pandemic. Find out more here.
But a man who was present on Saturday evening described the event as proceeding without major issues, with police attending the event to ensure there was no violation of current Covid restrictions.
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He said: “It was a good night to be fair and the organizers did well.
“There are 1,450 seats on one side and it was full and 900 seats on the other side and it was also almost full, so I would say around 2,000 to 2,500 cars.
“The police drove and walked looking at the cars and seemed to be having fun.”
Before the event took place, the organizers promised that the event would be as safe as possible.
In a description on the Facebook page of the event, they said, “The police are aware and have said that as long as people behave we will not be displaced.
“As we all know: The pandemic is coming to an end, the lockdown is almost over and finally things are on the way back to normal.
“Outdoor activities are now allowed under foreclosure rules so as long as we’re reasonable that should be great. It has been a long time since no competition of this size seems to take place and now seems as a good time as to restart a proper car competition.
“All social distancing measures will have to remain in place. Everyone should stay in their own “legal” group of six, masks and hand sanitizer are both recommended and available locally. We want to remind you that this is all a static encounter, not racing or silly driving please. “
The organizer told Hull Live that many other similar events in different cities are also planned.