Age of steam in­spires next gen­er­a­tion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - 39 Countries At Scouts Jamboree -

Thousands of vis­i­tors en­joyed the an­nual Weald of Kent Steam Rally. It took place at the weekend at Lit­tle Enge­ham Farm, Wood­church, bring­ing in 15,000 peo­ple.

At­trac­tions in­cluded the chance to steer a steam en­gine, horse and car­riage rides and steam lorry rides.

There were also clas­sic cars, mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles and trac­tors on dis­play, plus a Vic­to­ri­anstyle fun fair and dis­plays from the Army Tigers freefall para­chute team.

The Weald of Kent Steam Rally is or­gan­ised by Bill Giles and is in its fourth year.

Many ex­hibitors be­long to the Weald of Kent Trac­tion So­ci­ety, which held its first rally at Pad­dock Wood in Au­gust 1957, fea­tur­ing tra­di­tional rides and a fun fair.

Mr Giles wanted to recre­ate the vin­tage ex­pe­ri­ence through the rally to keep the coun­try’s steam her­itage alive and in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion of steam en­thu­si­asts.

En­gines on dis­play at the Weald of Kent Steam Rally Pic­tures: S. Wil­liams

Keep­ing the steam her­itage alive at the Weald of Kent Steam Rally which at­tracted 15,000 vis­i­tors to Lit­tle Enge­ham Farm, Wood­church, at the weekend Pic­tures: S. Wil­liams

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