Thousands gather in Saffron Walden for annual Crank Up event

PUBLISHED: 09:56 16 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:46 16 May 2017

Logan Allen cleaning a traction engine wheel. Picture: Saffron Photo

Logan Allen cleaning a traction engine wheel. Picture: Saffron Photo

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More than 3,000 people braved the rain to enjoy a weekend of classic steam engines earlier this month.

The Crank Up event in Saffron Walden. Picture: Saffron PhotoThe Crank Up event in Saffron Walden. Picture: Saffron Photo

Crank Up, which was first started in the 1970s, welcomed visitors young and old to its site in Sparrows End, in Newport, with a host of exhibits and stalls for people to peruse.

One of the engines in action at Crank Up. Picture: Saffron PhotoOne of the engines in action at Crank Up. Picture: Saffron Photo

“It went very well,” Michael Pumfrey, organiser, said.

One of the steam engine exhibits at Crank Up. Picture: Saffron PhotoOne of the steam engine exhibits at Crank Up. Picture: Saffron Photo

Exhibits at the Crank Up event. Picture: Saffron PhotoExhibits at the Crank Up event. Picture: Saffron Photo

“We were very lucky with the weather and had a few showers but attendance was up on the previous years and we were very happy about that.”

Logan Palatkas-Woodcock having his face painted. Picture: Saffron PhotoLogan Palatkas-Woodcock having his face painted. Picture: Saffron Photo

Bruce Smith at the Crank Up event.Picture: Saffron PhotoBruce Smith at the Crank Up event.Picture: Saffron Photo

As well as a nostalgic collection of engines including steam and stationary, there was also a funfair with traditional organs, a live band, craft stalls, and face painting.

The event was organised on behalf of the East Anglian Traction Engine Society, which works to promote the preservation and running of steam engines – from portables and ploughing machines, to wagons and road locomotives.

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