As of this year the classic cars that have been part of the event since it started will be moved from North Bar Within to Cross Street.
Mr. Barratt said;
“Each year we have been contacted by representatives of St Mary’s Church in order to make arrangements for several parking spaces to be left clear for their Church Services, and in particular those less able bodied church goers.”
“We have always complied with those requests, and I believe we have had a good relationship with representatives Of St Mary’s Church.”
“William Hall of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the Beverley Festival of Christmas organisers, have contacted me advising that from this year the decision has been made to site 25 Market stalls along North Bar Within from Hengate to the North Bar.”
“This appears to be a purely commercial decision, and our club has apparently no choice in their decision to move our display of classic and historic cars to Cross Street, without any prior negotiation.”
“This is simply a ‘take it or leave it’ decision.”
“Our members do not want this change, and feel that the re location of the East Yorkshire Thoroughbred Car Club display is disadvantageous and disingenuous to our members, many of whom are elderly , and have faithfully supported this Beverley Festival of Christmas event since the its formation.”
With the relocation of the of the East Yorkshire Thoroughbred Car Club Mr. Barratt feels that it will impact on those less able bodied church goers, he added;
“I have tried to resist these changes by expressing our concerns, and the concerns of our club members, but Mr. Hall of the ERYC has stated in emails to me that this decision is already made.”
“Obviously the 25 stall holders will have to pay for the privilege of having a stall, and this shows now that the event is purely a commercial enterprise.”
HU17.net were unable to make contact with Mr. Hall for a comment.