The sights, sounds and smell of steam attract hundreds to Haddenham Steam Rally

THE 38th Haddenham Steam Rally was held last weekend and a packed programme was enjoyed by hundreds of visitors to this ever popular show.

Full size and miniature steam traction engines and bygone collections were on show.

There was also more than 200 vintage cars, commercial vehicles and motorcycles were on display.

The exhibits “from a bygone age” totalled more than 600.

Steam traction engines gave working demonstrations including steam threshing, baling, stone crushing and wood sawing.

And there was also the popular vintage road making display.

The Grand Arena featured displays from the Raptor Foundation, Pauline Reader and her dancers, as well as the sounds of Dr Busker, Big Ron T and Mike Lane.

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There was an Old Tyme Funfair with modern rides plus traditional chairoplanes, steam gallopers and the Wall of Death Show.

The Fenland Marine Model Group, the Cambridge City branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club, and Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service were all represented.

A wide selection of trade stands, alongside a popular craft marquee helped entertain visitors.

A range of refreshments stalls were also available, along with a licensed bar.

The 24th annual Heavy Horse Show was held on Sunday, as part of the rally, although the heavy horses could be seen at work on the site on both days.

Despite the threat of rain, organisers think attendance was slightly up on last year. Money raised from the steam rally is donated to local causes.

The allocation of money will be chosen by the rally committee later in the year.

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