Stradsett Park Vintage Rally aims to build on past success

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Organisers of this year’s Stradsett Park Vintage Rally are hoping for even bigger and better things this year – more visitors and even more money for charity funds.

The two-day event takes place in the grounds of Stradsett Hall on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, Monday, May 4 and 5. Proceeds will go towards the Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House, which this year is moving from its Snettisham base into a new £3.4 million facility at Hillington,

Gordon Carson, from the National Vintage Tractor and Engine Club East Anglia, is aiming to break new ground with this year’s event. “Last year we raised £9,000 and we are hoping that we will be able to exceed that amount this year. We are also hoping to build on visitor numbers and would like to see more than 5,000 attend.”

Last year, it was reported that around 7,000 people attended and the crowds enjoyed fair weather, a relief for organisers who were forced to cancel the event in 2012 due to bad weather.

Mr Carson said that extra attractions were lined up this year, including both full and miniature-sized steam engines, heavy horses on parade and a hog roast on the Sunday evening.

Visitors will be able to enjoy an impressive line-up of vintage cars, tractors and bygones, plus there will be numerous trade stands, fairground rides and ring events, including a kick-boxing display, plus a bar and refreshments.

The gates are open from 10am to 5pm on both days, and tickets for adults remain at £5, while under-16s will have free admission.