Sad day as fes­ti­val bows out in the rain

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Putting On A Show - By Vicky Cas­tle

Af­ter 25 years, hun­dreds of ve­hi­cles and thou­sands of vis­i­tors, the Ham­street Fes­ti­val of Trans­port has held its last show.

Classic cars, farm ve­hi­cles and com­mer­cial trans­port lined the Marsh Road field on Sun­day but sadly, the last fes­ti­val was a bit of a washout.

Mike Wady, Ham­street res­i­dent and fes­ti­val or­gan­iser, said: “It was pretty wet. Half the ve­hi­cles didn’t turn up be­cause of the weather but those who braved it were bril­liant and stayed till the end.

“Un­for­tu­nately the num­ber of peo­ple com­ing through the gates was down about 90% and we re­ally made a loss.”

Mr Wady said the or­gan­is­ers were “get­ting too old” to con­tinue run­ning the show and were hop­ing some young peo­ple would take over.

He added: “We have a work­force in the re­gion of 30 peo­ple and we are all in our 70s so this was the last show, this was re­tire­ment.

“We did ad­ver­tise for new, younger help but no one came for­ward.

“We are re­ally sad that it is com­ing to an end. I’ve spent 25% of my life do­ing this, you see it grow from noth­ing to the size it be­came.

“Every­one is a lit­tle bit gut­ted about it. It’s a shame that it went out on a low be­cause ev­ery­body put their all into it.

“Ob­vi­ously you can’t do any­thing about the weather but it just leaves a sore feel­ing when it’s the last one.”

Over the years, the fes­ti­val has raised more than £250,000 for a sports hall in Ham­street and £15,000 for local char­i­ties.

Mr Wady said: “I’d like to say a huge thanks to all the staff who have helped over the years. With­out them it would not have grown to what it is to­day.”

If you’d like to speak to the or­gan­is­ers about tak­ing over the event, search for Ham­street Fes­ti­val of Trans­port on Face­book or con­tact Mr Wady on 07788822921

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