American Night at The Skylark, Wellington, this week featured a brash and bright array of polished chrome and extravagant Yankee motorpower in the form of cars, trucks, dragsters, a steam engine, a tractor, hot rods from around the country and bikes – including Harley Davidsons owned by the Bridgwater Chapter.
Attracting a very full house of fans and families, American Night 2016 is the latest of the pub’s events – which also features a popular Bike Night – to raise funds for various charities including the Devon and Somerset Air Ambulance.
This is the second year American Night has been held at The Skylark, one of the Marston’s Brewery pub chain. Last year Marston’s ran the event in its pubs nationwide but is not repeating the exercise this year. It did, though, give The Skylark its support as a result of the success of the 2015 event. Skylark Supervisor Steve Cook said, “Our area manager said what we’d done was amazing so please could we do it again this year – but better! We were disappointed when Marston’s were talking of pulling the American Night as we had so much organisation already underway. It’s taken a couple of months to plan but we’re pleased we got the go ahead – and we’re the only pub running it.”
It proved to be a night for American motor enthusiasts and for those just looking for a good evening out. The band The Defibrillators – all paramedics from Shepton Mallet – were on hand to provide 50’s Rock and Roll and a sprinkling of 60’s and 70’s classics. A warm summer evening and a big crowd (some suitably dressed for rock’n’roll) both inside the bar and outside made this a unique occasion.