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Vintage vehicle enthusiasts took in the sights of churches across Suffolk at the weekend, as part of a major annual fundraiser to support their upkeep.

Hundreds of churches across the county opened their doors for the Ride and Stride event, which saw walkers and cyclists alike completing their own route to raise money for the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust.

To support the fundraiser, around 113 classic cars joined the Pedal and Drive Tour and Rally.

The Pedal and Drive Tour and Rally for Vintage and Classic Cars arrived in Lavenham, as part of the 2021 Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride event...PICTURED: Maggie Vincent and Derek Cook with his 1954 Sunbeam Alpine Special ....Picture by Mecha Morton... (51151362)
The Pedal and Drive Tour and Rally for Vintage and Classic Cars arrived in Lavenham, as part of the 2021 Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride event...PICTURED: Maggie Vincent and Derek Cook with his 1954 Sunbeam Alpine Special ....Picture by Mecha Morton... (51151362)

The vintage motors departed from five different country houses and travelled along six routes, visiting half a dozen churches, before gathering at St Peter and St Paul Church in Lavenham.

Trust chairman Geoffrey Probert said: “I was extremely pleased that the day went so well and, by the end, the sun was shining, too.

“People have been very generous with their time, organising this big fundraising day, and with their donations for Suffolk Historic Churches Trust.

The Pedal and Drive Tour and Rally for Vintage and Classic Cars arrived in Lavenham, as part of the 2021 Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride event...PICTURED: Gillian Lamprell with her 1931 British Leyland Fire Engine ....Picture by Mecha Morton.... (51151350)
The Pedal and Drive Tour and Rally for Vintage and Classic Cars arrived in Lavenham, as part of the 2021 Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride event...PICTURED: Gillian Lamprell with her 1931 British Leyland Fire Engine ....Picture by Mecha Morton.... (51151350)

“I spent the morning going to churches that the cars weren’t visiting and I saw lots of cyclists and walkers, and the volunteers signing people in were pleased with the number of visitors they had already had,” he added.

The Ride and Stride event has been running for 40 years, with the money raised going towards grants for churches to carry out restoration and improvement projects.

Last year, the fundraiser received £190,000 in donations, while the total for this year’s event is still being tallied.

The Pedal and Drive Tour and Rally for Vintage and Classic Cars arrived in Lavenham, as part of the 2021 Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride event...PICTURED: Terry and Anna Kayser with ‘Esme’ and their 1987 Citroen 2CV....Picture by Mecha Morton.... (51151324)
The Pedal and Drive Tour and Rally for Vintage and Classic Cars arrived in Lavenham, as part of the 2021 Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride event...PICTURED: Terry and Anna Kayser with ‘Esme’ and their 1987 Citroen 2CV....Picture by Mecha Morton.... (51151324)
The Pedal and Drive Tour and Rally for Vintage and Classic Cars arrived in Lavenham, as part of the 2021 Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride event...PICTURED: Harry Lamprell with the families 1934 Austin Low Loader London Taxi....Picture by Mecha Morton.... (51151355)
The Pedal and Drive Tour and Rally for Vintage and Classic Cars arrived in Lavenham, as part of the 2021 Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride event...PICTURED: Harry Lamprell with the families 1934 Austin Low Loader London Taxi....Picture by Mecha Morton.... (51151355)
The Pedal and Drive Tour and Rally for Vintage and Classic Cars arrived in Lavenham, as part of the 2021 Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride event...PICTURED: Youngsters enjoying a ride in a scaled down 1920s Silver Ghost Rolls Royce replica ....Picture by Mecha Morton... (51151349)
The Pedal and Drive Tour and Rally for Vintage and Classic Cars arrived in Lavenham, as part of the 2021 Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride event...PICTURED: Youngsters enjoying a ride in a scaled down 1920s Silver Ghost Rolls Royce replica ....Picture by Mecha Morton... (51151349)
The Pedal and Drive Tour and Rally for Vintage and Classic Cars arrived in Lavenham, as part of the 2021 Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride event...PICTURED: Kelly Green, Adam Norton and Maya Bullen (9) helped bring along a 1928 Rolls Royce owned by Geoffrey Probert....Picture by Mecha Morton.... (51151325)
The Pedal and Drive Tour and Rally for Vintage and Classic Cars arrived in Lavenham, as part of the 2021 Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride event...PICTURED: Kelly Green, Adam Norton and Maya Bullen (9) helped bring along a 1928 Rolls Royce owned by Geoffrey Probert....Picture by Mecha Morton.... (51151325)
The Pedal and Drive Tour and Rally for Vintage and Classic Cars arrived in Lavenham, as part of the 2021 Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride event...PICTURED: Maya Bullen (9) in a 1928 Rolls Royce....Picture by Mecha Morton.... (51151347)
The Pedal and Drive Tour and Rally for Vintage and Classic Cars arrived in Lavenham, as part of the 2021 Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride event...PICTURED: Maya Bullen (9) in a 1928 Rolls Royce....Picture by Mecha Morton.... (51151347)