Revamped fair pulls in crowds

Rougham Airfield.'West Suffolk Country Fair. ''Pictured.

Rougham Airfield.'West Suffolk Country Fair. ''Pictured.

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AEROPLANES soared over the shimmering horizon, vintage vehicles glistened in the sun and an array of other activities drew packed crowds to a revamped country fair.

About 4,500 people flocked to the West Suffolk Country Fair, formerly known as the Wings, Wheels and Steam fair, at Rougham Airfield over the weekend.

Rougham Airfield.'West Suffolk Country Fair. ''Pictured.

Rougham Airfield.'West Suffolk Country Fair. ''Pictured.

Highlights included a farmers’ market with traders selling items such as wooden crafts, cheese and cider.

Families were entertained with activities and children’s drop in sessions.

Classic cars, motor cycles, steam engines and about 80 tractors were on display.

There was also a dog show arena as well as Shire and Suffolk horses and sheep dog demonstrations in the main arena.

Rougham Airfield.'West Suffolk Country Fair. ''Pictured.

Rougham Airfield.'West Suffolk Country Fair. ''Pictured.

Aviation enthusiasts could marvel at displays of aerobatic aircraft and vintage biplanes such as the Tiger Moth and Boeing Shearman.

Gary Newland, events director at Rougham Airfield, said: “It was known as the Wings, Wheels and Steam fair for eight years but this is a revamped version.

“It was very well received and we put in a lot of effort to bring in changes to that of previous events.

“We found people were very impressed and full of praise for it.

Rougham Airfield.'West Suffolk Country Fair. ''Pictured. Paul Woods with his 56in wheel penny farthing

Rougham Airfield.'West Suffolk Country Fair. ''Pictured. Paul Woods with his 56in wheel penny farthing

“The advantage we had was not only providing very strong content with a rural country element but also the aviation element.

“We were trying to capture the theme of barnstorming where pilots fly over county fairs.

“It was just lovely with plenty of blue sky.”