Full steam ahead for country event

IT was full steam ahead for one of the region's most popular country events over the weekend.The 27th Thurlow and Haverhill Steam and Country Show took advantage of the glorious weather and showcased a host of vintage classic cars, farming machinery and entertainment.

IT was full steam ahead for one of the region's most popular country events over the weekend.

The 27th Thurlow and Haverhill Steam and Country Show took advantage of the glorious weather and showcased a host of vintage classic cars, farming machinery and entertainment.

Having raised more than £100,000 for local causes, the show is now a permanent and popular fixture in the Suffolk calendar - and this year was no exception with thousands flocking to the event.

One of the biggest attractions at the show, which is sponsored by the East Anglian Daily Times, was The Big A, the second oldest Burrell engine and making its debut at the popular rally.


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Making a nod to a bygone era, there was also some timber sawing and straw baling by steam while the usual classic cars, commercial vehicles and numerous old tractors again proved popular.

As well as a sheepdog demonstration, brave fire queen Hayley Rillings drew gasps from the enthralled crowd by motorcycling through fire.

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Popular local band the Bumpstead Boys was among the musical attractions, which also included country and western singer Tony Weston.

For a slightly different tune, Winston the Singing Farmer kept the crowds entertained, mingling with visitors and displaying some of his Norfolk wit.

The event, originally established to raise money for a sports pavilion in Thurlow, was this year held at the Horeseheath Point to Point Racecourse.

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