Festival is still powered by steam
THE show went on but the cold and damp weather provided the worst ever conditions for the annual three-day Sellindge Steam Special over the weekend.
Over 37 years, the event started by veteran enthusiasts Les and Bernice Birch and their family in the village, has developed into one of the biggest countryside festivals in the South East.
It attracts thousands and has raised more than £100,000 for charity, but this year only the die-hard supporters turned out.
Those who did found acres of attractions with a fine selection of giant steam engines, together with vintage cars, tractors, commercial vehicles and motorcycles.
Entertainment included the Headcorn-based Tiger Club Flying Circus, demonstrating their skills by attacking balloon targets released from the fields and Kuchina and her dancing horses.
A bungy jump challenge stood beside the old fashioned fairground, while others took helicopter flights over the showground or visited the arts and crafts marquees and enjoyed the bands.
However it was the unmistakable smell and sounds of smoke billowing from the gleaming engines of bygone days that remained the star attraction.
Engines are the heart of the Sellindge festival
Phil Burrows with a creation from Goodfellers Tree Surgeons
Harry Hudson on The Rising Sun
Roger Macey from Canterbury with ‘Beau’
A vintage fairground organ
The Rising Sun from Horsham
Many tractors and farm vehicles were on display