Great big theme of steam
Farm’s rally attracts hundreds to see engines and air displays
Organisers of the first Weald of Kent Steam Rally should be pretty chuffed with themselves after hundreds of people flocked to the event at the weekend.
Boasting the largest collection of steam engines gathered in Kent for more than a decade – 30 full-sized engines were on display – the two-day event attracted both “pure enthusiasts” and interested members of the public, according to organiser Bill Giles.
Working steamrollers and steam-powered saws and threshing machines travelled from all over England to Little Engeham Farm, Woodchurch, for the show, which Mr Giles intends to make an annual event.
In addition to the steam theme, there were several air displays featuring a Second World War P-51 Mustang, the Breitling Wingwalkers and Trig Aerobatic Team, who fly biplanes in formation.
There was also a funfair, falconry displays and vintage and commercial vehicles.
Mr Giles, 48, of Herbert Road, South Willesborough, a commercial pilot operating out of Lydd, said: “It was very well attended and there was a great party and family atmosphere.”