A CLASSIC and vintage car rally which had been threatened by the foot-and-mouth epidemic has been saved by a change of venue.

The one-day rally - part of the Bedale 750 festival celebrations - was due to take place on the Thorp Perrow estate on September 2, but was hit by restrictions. It will now take place at Bedale High School on the same day.

Organiser Ian McCarroll said: "I have been hanging on, hoping the restrictions would be lifted, but stiffer regulations announced last week put paid to that.

"We are fortunate to have somewhere like Bedale High School to fall back on. It has all the parking and display space we need."

About 270 cars are already booked in for the event, including a 1904 Mercedes, a 1919 Stanley Steamer and a range of American vehicles.

The rally runs from 11am to 4.30pm and admission is £3. Proceeds will go towards the restoration of Well parish church and Snape Castle chapel.

To enter, contact Mr McCarroll on (01677) 470967.