It wasfull steam ahead for the annual Woolpit Steam Rally on its opening day yesterday as it tries to better the £17,200 it raised for 20 local charities last May.
The 2015 rally continues today (Sunday) at Warren Farm, Wetherden, (put IP14 3JX in your sat nav) and the organisers are promising ‘one of the finest displays of vintage and veteran tractors in the eastern counties’.
This year also features a special display of Barford and Perkins petrol powered rollers plus vintage cars and motorcycles, historic commercial vehicles and military vehicles.
But the stars are the massive display the rally always boasts of steam traction engines and steamrollers, including a healthy turnout of machines built by Thetford’s Charles Burrell.
They also have more than 80 stationary engines driving an array of mills, pumps and other types of machinery, together with a wood sawing display.
Even some of the funfair rides are steam driven.
Other funfair attractions include electric yachts, dodgems, Punch and Judy and all the usual fairground side stalls.
On top of that there are more than 50 trade, craft and auto-jumble stalls, plus food, ice creams and a licenced bar.
Gates are open from 10am to 5pm on both days and the entry fee is £5 on Saturday and £6 on Sunday, with children getting in for £2 on both days. Parking is free and the nearest A14 junctions are 47a eastbound or 49 westbound.
Visit www.woolpit-steam.org.uk for more details.