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Records broken at vintage agricultural show in Marsham

PUBLISHED: 18:00 15 August 2017 | UPDATED: 19:18 15 August 2017

Starting Handle Club Summer Show in Marsham. Pictures: Richard Powell Photography

Starting Handle Club Summer Show in Marsham. Pictures: Richard Powell Photography

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Records were broken for the number of entries and visitors at a summer show in north Norfolk.

Starting Handle Club Summer Show in Marsham. Pictures: Richard Powell Photography Starting Handle Club Summer Show in Marsham. Pictures: Richard Powell Photography

The Starting Handle Club, which preserves vintage and classic agricultural machinery, held the event last weekend at Orchard Cottage, Allison Street, Marsham, near Aylsham.

Bob Parke, who owns the site and is one of the organisers, said: “It went really well. We had a record number of exhibitor entries. “There were 350 tractors, over 100 classic cars, and about 80 motorcycles, At any one time there were up to 1500 exhibitions on site, and we had about 2,500 visitors.

“We had two special features this year - 100 years of Ford and Fordson tractors, and the Massey Harris Pony stampede with Little Grey Fergie, a remote controlled tractor.

“We also had the ring parade with Massey Harris Ponies on both days. That was very popular with the kids.”

Mr Parke said when the show began their aim was to make it a family day out and they were now getting there.

“We’ve now got more attractions. We’ve had amazing feedback and everyone has thanked us for putting on the show,” he said.

“They want to come back next year, and, of course, they can. We get visitors from Australia, New Zealand and all across the country, from as far away as Shropshire.”

Money raised at the show will go towards charities and local causes.

Mr Parke added: “The main beneficiaries will be the East Anglian Air Ambulance and Nelson’s Journey. Last year we gave about £10,000 away. We are now one of the premier shows down the east coast of England.

“The tractor pulling was very popular, because of the noise and smoke. We re-introduced that to Norfolk a few years ago after a break of 27 years.”

Another highlight of the show was the newly rebuilt Soame Steam Cart, which made its first appearance since the rebuild.

Built in 1897, the rebuild work was carried out by Richard King of Thurgarton Iron Works.

The Starting Handle Club was created in 1974 and now has 200 members, ranging in age from nine to 90.

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