SLIDESHOW: Record crowds enjoy wealth of vintage family fun at Woolpit Steam Rally

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Record crowds flocked to an annual action packed rally of vintage vehicles and family fun which stepped up a gear with classics from World War One.

Attracting more than 5,000 people, the two-day Woolpit Steam boasted about 350 exhibits with veteran tractors, steam traction engines, vintage cars and motorbikes as well as commercial and military vehicles.

Woolpit Steam Rally 2014

Pictured: Natel Taylor from Needham Market with 'Faith' a 1916 agricultural Steam Traction Engine. This engine was commandeered from the factory in 1916 on munitions for WWI to pull guns. ANL-140106-205024009
Woolpit Steam Rally 2014 Pictured: Natel Taylor from Needham Market with 'Faith' a 1916 agricultural Steam Traction Engine. This engine was commandeered from the factory in 1916 on munitions for WWI to pull guns. ANL-140106-205024009

Meanwhile, there was a cavalcade of family entertainment with a fun fair including electric yachts, dodgems and vintage arcade plus marching bands, performing dogs and trade and craft stands.

Gerald Seeley, co-organiser with his brother David, said: “It was an absolutely overwhelming success, the weather was very kind to us and there was a record attendance.

“We had great words of encouragement from the public and participants. We’re very grateful to the landowner.”

Thirty pre-1930 tractors were booked including many which saw service during World War One.

One of the highlights was a Wallace and Stevens traction engine ‘Faith’ which towed guns in France.

More than 90 stationary engines drove an array of mills, pumps and other machinery and there was also a wood sawing display.

The event, which has been held at Warren Farm, in Wetherden, since 1997 following nine years at another farm in Woolpit, raises funds for local charities. Last year, it brought in £16,500 for 16 causes.

 

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