A SPECTACULAR display of vintage cars and motorbikes brought the crowds in to Barrow town centre.

The streets were packed out for the Festival of Transport on Saturday as around 200 exhibitors showed off their vehicles.

Classic contraptions lined the streets across the town as thousands of people came out to taste a slice of car and bike history.

Rain clouds threatened to put a dampener on the day, but the weather cleared in time for families to enjoy a host of street performers, including buskers and magicians.

Other family entertainment came in the form of the kid’s zone play area in Dalton Road, a ride on train and a fun fair.

Visitors to the town centre experienced classic motors, with Land Rovers taking their places on Dalton Road and motorbikes lining Portland Walk.

An open top bus gave passengers stunning views between the railway station and the market.

A vintage Volkswagen campervan drew crowds to the entrance to Portland Walk.

All the vehicles featured in the festival then took centre stage for a parade through the town that started Greengate Street and finished on Duke Street.

It was third year the Festival of Transport has run, rebranded from the previous Barrow Classic and Vintage Car and Bike Show.

The event was organised by Barrow’s Business Improvement District, with this year’s festival said to be the start a more family-focused feel than its previous guise.

Barrow BID manager Colin Garnett said: “It was a really successful day.

“We wanted to focus more on family entertainment and from what I have seen on social media and what was said on the day it seemed to go down really well.

“We had a deluge of rain first thing but it cleared and worked out really well.

“The event was designed to bring in all the retailers in the town and from looking at photographs the footfall was higher than a usual Saturday.

“Barrow town centre gets a bad rap and we want to give people a sense of pride.”