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By Lauren Cope
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
With just one steam engine and tea and coffee on the village green, the Little Ellingham Vintage Working Show started from humble beginnings.
But twelve years on, thousands of visitors descend on a 100-acre ground in Rocklands Road near Attleborough every year for the two-day agricultural rally.
It began in 2002 after farmers Richard and Jane Baker wanted to thank the East Anglian Air Ambulance for saving their daughter after a horse-riding accident.
Mr Baker said: “My daughter was off exercising a horse when we saw the air ambulance go over.
“We just thought that they must be busy, we didn’t think anything of it. It was only when someone told us that her horse had rolled on top of her that we realised. It had pushed her hip joint right up under her shoulder.
“As a father it’s an important thing for us to do to pay them back.”
Dozens of tractors, classic cars, military vehicles, steam engines and motorbikes will be on display at the show, with sheep dog demonstrations, shearing and heavy horse displays in the main ring.
With loyal visitors returning year after year, Mr Baker puts the show’s popularity down to a sense of nostalgia.
“I think people want to go back and see how the old things were done - we’ve got classic cars, American hot-rods, everything.”
Breckland Land Rover Club will make their show debut alongside the traditional farming machinery, where they will demonstrate the best their vehicles have to offer on an off-road course.
And for those after a more relaxed day out, a tractor ride will offer a unique look at Norfolk’s countryside.
“We take several of them around 13 miles down the country lanes, where people wouldn’t usually see the flora and fauna of Norfolk,” Mr Barker said.
With campers and traders already on site, the farmer said that the show is now a large-scale operation - and family members often have to muck in.
Olly Wyeld, the couple’s son-in-law and one of the organisers, said: “We are looking forward to a great show once again this year, building on the success of the previous 11 years.
“It’s all about raising money for the air ambulance by providing a value for money day out.”
Mr Wyeld has been on the commmittee for five years, and thanked the “continued support” of those involved with show.
Entry costs £5 for adults and is free for under 16s.
It will run from 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 10.
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