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Woolpit Steam rally’s 30th anniversary pulls in the crowds




Woolpit Steam Rally'David and Jayne Williams, from Beyton, with grandchildren Noah 3 and Charlie 1'Picture Mark Westley
Woolpit Steam Rally'David and Jayne Williams, from Beyton, with grandchildren Noah 3 and Charlie 1'Picture Mark Westley

About 5,000 people marvelled at vintage vehicles and machinery when they flocked to the Woolpit Steam rally, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last weekend.

As part of the celebrations, visitors could see a fleet of commercial vehicles dating back to the First World War, which joined the usual array of cars, motorcycles and steam engines from a bygone age.

Woolpit Steam Rally'KArl Gregory with Teddy James Gregory aged 4 and Rob Vince with his 1942 Willys Jeep'Picture Mark Westley
Woolpit Steam Rally'KArl Gregory with Teddy James Gregory aged 4 and Rob Vince with his 1942 Willys Jeep'Picture Mark Westley

The event started life in Woolpit and has been held at Warren Farm, in Wetherden, for 20 years.

Gerald Seeley, who organises the rally with his brother David, said: “We had a wonderful turnout and people were thoroughly enjoying themselves, taking in the atmosphere and flavour of events.”

Other highlights at the event included about 20 pre-1930 tractors, 70 tractors up to 1965 and more than 80 stationary engines driving an array of mills, pumps and other machinery.

There was also a wood sawing display, vintage cars, motorcycles, commercial and military vehicles.

Woolpit Steam Rally'Ben Norrish and Jake with Gemma Snell, Ben Mapston and Tula.'Picture Mark Westley
Woolpit Steam Rally'Ben Norrish and Jake with Gemma Snell, Ben Mapston and Tula.'Picture Mark Westley

The display of commercial vehicles dating back to the First World War included a Thornycroft lorry, two Leyland lorries and an Albion lorry.

Family fun ranged from electric yachts, dodgems and stalls as well as Punch and Judy.

The event raises money for local charities and community groups and last year generated £17,000 for good causes.

Mr Seeley thanked the rally’s helpers, stewards and organising committee as well as land-owners R & P Baker, who provide the site for free for the event.

For more pictures see Friday’s Bury Free Press newspaper.

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