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Thousands of people transported to the era of steam power at popular rally




Woolpit Steam Fair''Pictured: Natel Taylor with his Wallis & Stevens traction engine ANL-160606-091020009
Woolpit Steam Fair''Pictured: Natel Taylor with his Wallis & Stevens traction engine ANL-160606-091020009

Five thousand people were transported back to the era of steam power at an ever popular West Suffolk rally.

The annual Woolpit Steam rally boasted about 300 vintage tractors, cars, motorcycles, military vehicles and steam engines - and raised funds for local charities.

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Woolpit Steam Fair ANL-160606-090657009

A highlight was a special display of 14 Ferguson tractors and implements by the Ferguson Club to celebrate the many anniversaries of various models including the Ferguson Brown in 1936 and Ferguson 35 in 1956.

Gerald Seeley, who organised the event at Warren Farm, in Wetherden, with his brother David, said: “We’re very pleased - the weather was absolutely beautiful and the people thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The Ferguson display went down really well.”

Among the other attractions were about 20 pre-1930 tractors and 70 tractors up to 1965.

More than 80 stationary engines drove an array of mills, pumps and other machinery.

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Woolpit Steam Fair ANL-160606-090541009

There was also a wood sawing display.

Visitors could browse more than 50 craft, trade and auto jumble stalls and there was traditional fun for all the family with electric yachts, dodgems, side stalls and Punch & Judy.

Last years’s event raised £12,400 for 20 local charities and community groups.

Mr Seeley thanked the event’s helpers and volunteers as well as landowners R&P Baker.

Woolpit Steam Fair''Pictured: Bernard Green with his 1923 Stanley Steam car, Model 740B ANL-160606-090805009
Woolpit Steam Fair''Pictured: Bernard Green with his 1923 Stanley Steam car, Model 740B ANL-160606-090805009
Woolpit Steam Fair''Pictured: Ian Berne with his 1850's Todd Steam Carriage ANL-160606-090830009
Woolpit Steam Fair''Pictured: Ian Berne with his 1850's Todd Steam Carriage ANL-160606-090830009
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Woolpit Steam Fair ANL-160606-090955009
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Woolpit Steam Fair ANL-160606-091107009
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Woolpit Steam Fair ANL-160606-091118009
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Woolpit Steam Fair ANL-160606-091129009
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Woolpit Steam Fair ANL-160606-091140009
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