Thousands enjoy fantastic steam

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WOOLPIT Steam Rally basked in good weather at the weekend and again pulled in the crowds with 5,000 people through the gate.

The event, the 12th since it moved to its Warren Farm home at Wetherden, provides thousands of pounds for local organisations including youth groups as well as St Nicholas Hospice Care.

This year, organisers expect to have raised £5,000, which will bring the total they have raised since 1998 to £150,000.

There were 13 full-size engines on show, including four which had steamed their way to the ground ahead of the event.

The Woolpit Steam Rally is the brainchild of three brothers who were born in Woolpit – Gerald, David and Andrew Seeley – who are supported by a committee and a range of helpers.

The rally also supports two steam dengines kept at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket.

David said: “We like to give donations to local groups, many of whom support us. The amount we raised this year marked a nice milestone.”