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Photo gallery: Vintage days and ways celebrated at Starting Handle Club’s annual show at Marsham

20:52 10 August 2014

Starting Handle Club show at Marsham. 

Starting Handle Club show at Marsham. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

An 1897 steam cart, on loan from Holkham Bygones Museum, was back in its birthplace at the weekend, among the stars of the ever-popular Starting Handle Club summer



The cart, with a top speed of 25mph, was made by Samuel G Soame, at his engineering works in Marsham, near Aylsham.

The village has been the show’s home for the past five


Crowds once again flocked to admire 220 vintage tractors,

65 stationary engines, and a display of vintage horticultural equipment.

This year attractions also included perfect, quarter-sized, working scale models of a tractor, combine harvester and bailer, made by enthusiast Roger Townshend, from Elmswell, Suffolk.

And for those who preferred the smell of animals to diesel and steam-driven engines, there was a display of ploughing by heavy horses.

Tractor pulling, crafts, classic cars and bikes, and children’s entertainment were also added to the attractions mix.

Janine and Ian Flowerdew, from nearby Buxton, visited

on Saturday with their children Sam, 10, Abi, seven, and Emily, aged four.

“It’s something on our doorstep and it’s affordable, because the children go free.

“My husband and son love the engines and the girls are happy to look at everything, said Mrs Flowerdew.

Proceeds from the two-day show will once again be given to charities. Last year £3,900 was shared among six good causes.

The club, celebrating its 40th anniversary, was formed in 1973 by a group of vintage machinery enthusiasts.

It aims to preserve and exhibit vintage machinery and pass on members’ passion for it to a younger generation.



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