Carnival atmosphere at Great Chesterford Steam-up

Great Chesterford Steam-up Pictures: Roger King

Great Chesterford Steam-up Pictures: Roger King - Credit: Archant

An annual charity event for all ages ran smoothly last weekend as classic engines pulled up in Great Chesterford for the 24th Steam-Up last Saturday (October 3).

Supported by the East Anglian Traction Engine Society, with classic engines, hot rods, a fun fair and trailer rides keeping residents and visitors entertained.

With the village centre closed off to cars, the village took on a carnival atmosphere, with pubs and the green becoming the hubs of activity. Event chairman and EATES Membership Officer Robert Pumfrey, who has been involved with the Steam-Up for 10 years, said: “It was a fantastic day. Last year it was wet so it was nice to have some fine weather and good crowds of people.

“The event focuses round the village pubs and in the streets. South Street is shut off to cars, we have a fair on the green and we’ve got stationary engines and trailer rides – that was very popular, people seemed to like having a chat with the drivers.

The money, which has yet to be counted, goes to local charities including the Essex Air Ambulance.

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