MORE than 25,000 people descended on Cholmondeley Castle for DJ Chris Evans’ eagerly-anticipated charity festival CarFest North.
The two-day extravaganza – held in the picturesque castle grounds last weekend – featured an array of modern and classic supercars, top music performers and a feast of culinary delights.
Texas, Razorlight, The Proclaimers, Paloma Faith and The Magic Numbers all took to the stage for the family-friendly festival in aid of Children in Need.
Both CarFest North and Car Fest South, which was held in Hampshire over the August Bank Holiday weekend, is expected to have raised more than £800,000 for the charity.
BBC Radio 2 DJ and television personality Chris Evans said: “CarFest North and South have been a dream team of food, music, cars and fun. The jackpot has been the family atmosphere dictated by the children themselves.”
Lord Cholmondeley added: “It was both an honour and a delight for us to host CarFest North on behalf of Chris Evans here at Cholmondeley Castle.
“CarFest was a truly wonderful weekend packed with first class family entertainment.
“Wherever you looked there were thousands of happy faces and it was particularly pleasing to see so many children of all ages really enjoying the estate.”
Evans opened the show from behind the wheel of his iconic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and also had his Ferrari collection on display during the event.
Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason had his own Ferrari 512S – which starred alongside Steve McQueen in the Le Mans movie – on show, while 2003 World Rally Champion Petter Solberg gave some incredible driving displays in his Ford Fiesta RS WRC.
The crowds were also treated to a number of displays and fly-pasts featuring more than eight decades of aviation history, and a ‘Cakes v Pies’ competition judged by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood from BBC’s Great British Bake Off.
The music acts, each introduced by Evans, took centre stage during the evenings.