THE sun shone and the steam billowed last weekend as nearly 7,000 people attended a vintage steam and tractor rally.
Steam enthusiasts from far and wide enjoyed sparkling weather at Weeting Steam Engine Rally and Country Show on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
More than 100 classic tractors, 52 steam engines, 69 miniature steam engines and 100 classic cars gave the crowds a glimpse of how things used to be.
Wendy Young, organiser, said the bad weather of the last three years had hit the show’s takings and that this year’s was a welcome relief.
“It was an absolutely fantastic year. Everything went smoothly and even the overflow car park was packed,” she said.
“People seemed to have much more time to spend at the show. We are normally clearing out by five o’clock but the sun kept everyone here far longer.
“Seeing people enjoying it in that way makes the hard work worth it.”
As well as the vintage hardware on show, there were displays from the Snakewood Dog Agility Team, heavy horse displays from Syers Shires and a fair.
In an extra twist, the wedding blessing of Paul and Angie Copeland was also held in the main ring on Saturday.
Ms Young said she hoped the improved turnout this year would enable the rally to be able to donate some takings to local charities and causes.
Planning for next year’s rally will start in January.