December 13 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, September 22, 2013
The heyday of steam power was brought to life at the weekend as thousands of people enjoyed a chance to see a small army of vintage vehicles in action on a north Suffolk estate.
The 39th Grand Henham Steam rally at Henham Park, near Southwold, drew large crowds as steam engines, threshing machines and steam rollers took centre stage with more modern vehicles also drawing admiring glances.
The two-day event had two special pageants – the history of power on the farm and a tribute to Land Rover 1948-2013.
Other shows and performances in the rally’s two main rings included a falconry display, a Royal Mail stagecoach, heavy horses in action and the Lowestoft Dog Agility Display Team.
Other activities and displays included the Ken Fox Hell Riders and their wall of death, a vintage fairground, the Burma Mile living history group and bands and dance groups such as the Southwold and Reydon Corps of Drums and Zahara Belly Dancers.
At the rally was Norman Millett, from Pulham Market, Diss, who had bought along his restored 1912 Burrell traction engine called the Duchess.
Mr Millett, 63, said: “Steam engines are part of our history and I love them. My father had one and they are in my blood.”
Last year 11,00 attended the rally – a record turnout.
Mike Powell-Evans, chairman of the Grand Henham Steam Rally, said yesterday’s attendance was as good as last year’s final day but numbers on Saturday were down due to the weather.
He added: “There has been an especially nice atmosphere. The power on the farm display and the steam engines have gone down very well.
“We are happy with how it has gone, it has been another success.”
The weekend steam rally was the 39th and it was organised by the Southwold Lions Club, the Parochial Church Councils of Wangford cum Henham, Uggeshall, Sotherton and the Wangford and District Community Council and a team of rally enthusiasts.
All profits from the rally will go to the three organising groups and the Halesworth Campus Project sports organisation.