Steaming in for a fun weekend

Full Steam Ahead: The miniture steam engines enter the parade ring  at the annual Cromford Steam Rally.
Full Steam Ahead: The miniture steam engines enter the parade ring at the annual Cromford Steam Rally.
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Organisers say this year’s Cromford Steam Rally was one of the best yet as crowds flocked to the event, held at Highacres Farm in Brackenfield.

The 41st annual steam rally offered fun for all the family with vintage transport displays, rural crafts, demonstrations and stalls.

Full Steam Ahead: The miniture steam engines enter the parade ring  at the annual Cromford Steam Rally.

Full Steam Ahead: The miniture steam engines enter the parade ring at the annual Cromford Steam Rally.

Traditional steamers, historical motor vehicles, buses, vintage and classic cars were on display as well as miniature steam engines, heavy haulage vehicles, motorcycles and military displays.

Michael Cheetham, who was in charge of trade stalls at the rally, said: “It was absolutely marvellous and definitely one of the best yet.

“The weather was lovely and we only had rain on Sunday evening when everything was over so we were very lucky. Everybody said what a great time they were having.”

He added: “It’s such an important event for the area. It’s one of the biggest in the district – over 11 fields – and it’s such a long standing event, everyone knows everyone.

“People come from all over the country and it’s very family friendly.”

The weekend also included fair-ground rides, old time organs, a range of stalls, live music and a beer tent.

The Antiques, Collectables and Craft Marquee was also a hit with a wide range of items for sale, ranging from hand-crafted goods to unusual antiques and collectables from times gone by.

It is estimated that around half a million visitors have passed through the gates of the rally field since the event began and thousands of pounds have been raised for charities.

The annual rally was started by a small group of enthusiasts in 1970, who came together to exhibit their veteran machines, lovingly preserved and restored.

Within a couple of years of its modest beginning, the event grew into a much larger celebration of a bygone age.

As well as the steam engines, there were old cars and lorries that joined in, tractor enthusiasts added a fine array of farming machines and stationary engines, motorcycles, rural crafts, models and miniature steam engines.

Soon, thousands of people were coming from far and wide to enjoy this unique panorama of nostalgia and entertainment that Cromford Steam rally provided.

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