Steam stars stop traf­fic

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

STARTED by en­gine en­thu­si­asts 37 years ago, the an­nual May Bank Hol­i­day Sellindge Steam Spe­cial has grown into one of the pre­mier coun­try­side events across south­ern Eng­land. This year or­gan­is­ers are plan­ning to make it big­ger and bet­ter than ever, with ad­di­tional at­trac­tions in­clud­ing bungee jump­ing, a line-up of more than 80 bands, and ex­otic food from around the world on of­fer at the three-day event. All the prof­its from the event go to char­ity, with the Pil­grims Hospice be­ing one of the ma­jor ben­e­fi­cia­ries. On Satur­day, two of the show’s star vet­eran en­gines stopped the traf­fic as they did a slow run through Sellindge along the A20 to Stone Street. Show founder Les Birch, 87, led the 10-mile trip aboard Story Teller, and was fol­lowed by his son David on Ban­shee.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the event, call 01304 828990 or e-mail sellindge mu­sic@bt­in­ter­

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