Rain and sunshine makes Haddenham’s 43rd Steam Rally an event of two halves - but organisers are please with overall success

Haddenham Steam Rally 2016

Haddenham Steam Rally 2016 - Credit: Archant

Heavy rain meant the first day of the 43rd Haddenham Steam Rally was almost a wash out on Saturday with fewer than a quarter of the normal crowds turning out.

However, by Sunday the rain clouds had lifted and organisers say the event attracted really good crowds and they are hoping to have raised some money for charity.

Ruth Young, the main rally secretary, said it is unlikely to be as much as the £4,000 handed over to good causes after last year’s event, but there will be some to give away.

There were about 40 steam engines on show - fewer than were expected as Saturday’s rain put a few off attending.

There was a huge array of vintage vehicles on display and the heavy horses also proved a hit with the crowds.

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Among the main attractions was the Wonderland Steam Organ, which was making its first appearance at the rally.

Ruth said one of the highlights was the stage show, which this year had a slightly unusual theme - Christmas - and included a snow machine, which she said went down well with visitors.

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