Full steam ahead for railly wet engine day

Don Day operating the four inch agricultural Garrett model

Don Day operating the four inch agricultural Garrett model - Credit: Archant

Engine models – dating back to the 1940s – were not the only things steaming up on Saturday, as visitors fought the elements to attend Great Chesterford’s annual celebration of all things engine.

Megan Saward got to take part in an inspirational sailing trip with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust

Megan Saward got to take part in an inspirational sailing trip with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust. - Credit: Archant

Through driving rain and fierce winds, hundreds of residents and rail enthusiasts took steam engine-led rides, enjoyed hot dogs and supported a number of local traders, plying jam, knitwear and other goods to the tune of a spirits-raising fairground organ.

Sienna Clark, three, from Great Chesterford, attended the event with her grandfather, David Lockwood.

He said: “She’s been on a tractor, had her face painted and sampled the helter skelter ... five times!”

As well as a fine showcase of vintage motorcars, tractors and steam engines, which would have run from Great Chesterford until well into the 1940s, money was raised for East of England Ambulance Service.


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A fancy-dressed group, including a donkey, parrot, tiger and lion, were giving engine rides in aid of the ambulance service, which also had a stall at the event to raise awareness.

Roger Smith, one of those manning the stall, said: “It’s the third time I’ve been here – it’s a great event.”

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