A celebration of harvesting will form one of the main attractions at the Grand Henham Steam Rally this weekend.

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The popular two-day event, at Henham Park, near Southwold, marks its 38th year with a detailed look at the history of harvesting and a tribute to Ford and Fordson tractors taking centre stage.

There will also be a wide range of demonstrations with steam power, vintage vehicles and family entertainment all taking place across the site tomorrow and Sunday.

Publicity officer Roger King said that the organisers, who are from a mixture of local clubs, councils and enthusiasts, were looking forward to the weekend and hoping for good weather.

“We have got a great show. We have worked hard to put on a good show for everyone this year,” he said.

Saturday:

RING 1

11am Vintage tractor parade

11.45am Spectrum kite flying display

12.15pm Commercial and military vehicle parade

12.45pm Heavy horses

1.15pm Vintage motorcycle and cycle parade

1.45pm Stage coach display

2.15pm Pageant – Harvesting through the ages

3pm Steam engine parade including tortoise race

3.45pm Spectrum kite flying display

4.15pm Vintage car parade

Mr King particularly highlighted the harvesting pageant which he expected to draw a good crowd.

“It will tell the story of how the cereal harvest has developed over the centuries, from the earliest horse-drawn sail reapers right up to the latest machines we see in the fields today,” he said.

In the second exhibition ring, the pageant will be a tribute to Ford and Fordson tractors.

Mr King said “I know an awful lot of people are great tractor enthusiasts, so that should have a strong appeal.”

Saturday times:

RING 2

10am Steam engines

11.30am Southwold and Reydon Corps of Drums

Noon Classic car parade

12.30pm Samboomba Samba Band

1pm Pageant – Ford and Fordson – The history of a major tractor icon

2.15pm Lowestoft Dog Agility Display Team

2.45pm Samboomba Samba Band

3.15pm Heavy horses and harness demonstration

3.45pm Southwold and Reydon Corps of Drums

4.15pm Lowestoft Dog Agility Display Team

Among the other displays will be more than 300 vintage and classic cars, and vintage motorcycles, military vehicles and tractors.

Family entertainment will be provided in the second exhibition ring with Samboomba Samba Band, Team Spectrum Kite display, Lowestoft Dog Agility Display Team and marching bands among the performers.

Other attractions include live music, a vintage fairground and hundreds of trade and craft stalls, but the planned helicopter rides have had to be cancelled due to illness.

An Archant Norfolk stall will be selling copies of the EDP, Lowestoft Journal and Beccles and Bungay Journal, complete with a goody bag.

The event takes place from 10am to 6pm tomorrow and Sunday.

Admission is £10, with accompanied children under 14 free. Parking is also free.

All profits from the event go to local charities, including East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.

For further details visit www.henhamsteamrally.com

For full coverage of the steam fair, see EDP24 and Monday’s EDP.

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