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Weeting rally celebrates its 50th birthday in style




Weeting Steam Engine Rally and Country Show Derek Wheeler MBEwith his Shand Mason 1876 Horse Drawn Steam Fire Engine Picture Mark Westley. (3196204)
Weeting Steam Engine Rally and Country Show Derek Wheeler MBEwith his Shand Mason 1876 Horse Drawn Steam Fire Engine Picture Mark Westley. (3196204)
Weeting Steam Engine Rally and Country Show Harry Yarham feeds and rock crusher Picture Mark Westley. (3196209)
Weeting Steam Engine Rally and Country Show Harry Yarham feeds and rock crusher Picture Mark Westley. (3196209)

The Weeting Steam Rally saw thousands of visitors come to celebrate the show’s special milestone year in the sun.

With its selection of steam traction engines, steam lorries and vintage tractors the three-day show at Fengate Farm in the village capped its 50th anniversary in style.

Wendy Young, rally co-ordinator, said: “We are overwhelmed by this year’s rally, it really had the feel of the rally back in it’s hay day,

“It was a record attendance for Saturday and I’m already thinking how we can improve for next year.”

Weeting Steam Engine Rally and Country Show Robbie Carman with Chris Bonnick National Fire Museum Picture Mark Westley. (3196202)
Weeting Steam Engine Rally and Country Show Robbie Carman with Chris Bonnick National Fire Museum Picture Mark Westley. (3196202)
Weeting Steam Engine Rally and Country Show Matt Sucklingwith Evelyn and Kasper take a ride on the fair ground rides Picture Mark Westley. (3196213)
Weeting Steam Engine Rally and Country Show Matt Sucklingwith Evelyn and Kasper take a ride on the fair ground rides Picture Mark Westley. (3196213)
Weeting Steam Engine Rally and Country Show Picture Mark Westley. (3196211)
Weeting Steam Engine Rally and Country Show Picture Mark Westley. (3196211)

The steam rally started on July 20 and 21, 1968, on the farm and was organised by Richard Parrot of The East Anglian Traction Engine Club.

Around 15,000 visitors came to the inaugural event which displayed 26 traction engines, two steam ploughing engines, 13 veteran cars and nine commercial vehicles.

Continued popularity and growth meant this year the show had more than 100 steam engines and around 150 tractors attend.

Other exhibits on display included vintage and classic cars, motorbikes, stationary engines, and military vehicles, with visitors given the chance to ride in a helicopter, a tank or a mini steam engine.

Weeting Steam Engine Rally and Country Show Luke and Aaron Reynolds aged 8 with Geoff Miles Picture Mark Westley. (3196212)
Weeting Steam Engine Rally and Country Show Luke and Aaron Reynolds aged 8 with Geoff Miles Picture Mark Westley. (3196212)
Weeting Steam Engine Rally and Country Show Picture Mark Westley. (3196214)
Weeting Steam Engine Rally and Country Show Picture Mark Westley. (3196214)
Weeting Steam Engine Rally and Country Show Saunders Collection Can Can ShowPicture Mark Westley. (3196215)
Weeting Steam Engine Rally and Country Show Saunders Collection Can Can ShowPicture Mark Westley. (3196215)
Weeting Steam Engine Rally and Country Show Mini Steam train rides Picture Mark Westley. (3196216)
Weeting Steam Engine Rally and Country Show Mini Steam train rides Picture Mark Westley. (3196216)

Demonstrations included steam ploughing, steam threshing, a steam powered sawmill, stone crushing, a mini tractor pull and dog agility teams throughout the rally.

Music was provided by Britain’s Got Talent finalists, The D-Day Darlings.

Weeting Steam Engine Rally and Country Show Picture Mark Westley. (3196107)
Weeting Steam Engine Rally and Country Show Picture Mark Westley. (3196107)
Weeting Steam Engine Rally and Country Show Brian Knight cleans a chimneyPicture Mark Westley. (3196101)
Weeting Steam Engine Rally and Country Show Brian Knight cleans a chimneyPicture Mark Westley. (3196101)
Weeting Steam Engine Rally and Country Show Michael Midgley with Riley aged 3 Picture Mark Westley. (3196106)
Weeting Steam Engine Rally and Country Show Michael Midgley with Riley aged 3 Picture Mark Westley. (3196106)


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