VIDEO AND GALLERY: Thousands pour in for Haddenham Steam Rally

Haddenham Steam Rally,

Haddenham Steam Rally, - Credit: Archant

MORE than 10,000 people passed through the gates at this year’s Haddenham Steam Rally.

Haddenham Steam Rally, (l-r) Jake and George Maskell from Harlington

Haddenham Steam Rally, (l-r) Jake and George Maskell from Harlington - Credit: Archant

The 40th anniversary rally was billed by organisers as one of the biggest yet and one of the star attractions this year was the return of an engine that topped the bill at the very first show back in the 1970s, the Earl Hague.

The engine had to be tracked down to Wales and its owner persuaded to make the trip to Haddenham especially for the show.

As ever, visitors were kept entertained with a display featuring 150 vintage tractors, 200 vintage cars and a huge collection of steam traction engines along with demonstrations, fair ground rides, beer tents and trade stands.

For the first time in the rally’s history, the gates were opened on Friday for a special visit by 32 youngsters from the Highfields Children’s Support Group, who enjoyed the sights and sounds before the crowds arrived.

Rally secretary Ruth Young said: “We were really lucky with the weather, we avoided any heavy showers and were really busy across the two days. It was another brilliant weekend.”

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