Thousands gather in Saffron Walden for annual Crank Up event
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More than 3,000 people braved the rain to enjoy a weekend of classic steam engines earlier this month.
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.
“It went very well,” Michael Pumfrey, organiser, said.
“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.”
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.