Great big theme of steam

Farm’s rally at­tracts hun­dreds to see en­gines and air dis­plays

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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.”

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