Crowds steam in for vintage rally

A FINE BOT OF KIT: Jenney Baxter, 24, from Sudbury with her miniature Foster Agricultual Engine.
A FINE BOT OF KIT: Jenney Baxter, 24, from Sudbury with her miniature Foster Agricultual Engine.
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An estimated 10,000 people soaked up the sun, steam engines and classic cars during Long Melford Vintage Rally.

The event was held at Melford Hall over the weekend and also featured old fashioned tractors and motorcycles.

John Morton, one of the organisers from the Farm Machinery Preservation Society, which puts on the rally, said the glorious weather had helped swell the crowds.

“Everything went very well and we had two excellent days,” said Mr Morton, from Cats Lane in Sudbury.

“The weather was beautiful and I think we had close to 10,000 people come along.”

Conditions were in stark contrast to last year’s event when a heavy downpour of overnight rain led to the second day of the festival being cancelled and tractors having to pull stranded vehicles from the mud.

“It could not have been more different to last year,” said Mr Morton. “We just wish it was this warm and sunny each time.”

More than 20 exhibitors and 60 stalls kept visitors intrigued at the rally, which was celebrating its 30th year and. Proceeds went to Macmillan Cancer Support.