Sun comes out to greet crowds at Palgrave Journey through the Ages show

Journey Through The Ages vintage fair at Palgrave. 
Julie Hines with Sam and Natalie and their Austin 10. Journey Through The Ages vintage fair at Palgrave. Julie Hines with Sam and Natalie and their Austin 10.

Saturday, June 21, 2014
2:27 PM

Vehicles dating back to 1916 were among a record number of exhibitors at the Journey through the Ages event staged in Palgrave.

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This year’s show, held at Goodrich Park on Saturday and Sunday, attracted 400 exhibitors- more than double the 150 who turned out for last year’s extravaganza.

And even the sun come out this time, in stark contrast to the hail and thunder last year.

Exhibits ranging from a modern Volvo lorry to a 1916 traction engine were on display, while there was also a representative from a First World War re-enactment group on hand organising the recruitment of potential young soldiers.

The Sentinel Steam Bus from Bressingham also appeared, while the Suffolk Land Rover club presented a range of off road cars.

As well as the vehicles, there were also displays of country crafts, including walking stick makers, farriers and traditional blacksmiths.

Children also had plenty of activities to keep them entertained, including a fairground, children’s quad bikes and donkey rides, while there was also a dog show and displays by some of the steam engines.

Gareth Mutimer, organiser of the show, believed the increased attendance was due in part to the show linking up with the organisers of the Horham Bygones Country Rally, which is no longer taking place, with many of the exhibitors from the rally now attending the Palgrave event, which is in its second year.

He added: “The response has been fantastic. The problem is that a lot of people still work on Saturday mornings, but we have had a good number through the gate, which is very encouraging.”

Gemma Jackson, 32, from Yaxley, was visiting with her children Rory, three, Willow, eight months and husband Simon, 32.

She said her son enjoyed having a go on a Waterfield lorry and a Land Rover, as well as the steam engine displays in the roped off arena.

She added: “It is really good because it is local. We are only in Yaxley so it has got a local feel and everyone’s really friendly, which is nice.”

Malcolm Self, 71, was one of the exhibitors at the show and was visiting with his daughter Kelly Floyd, 29, son-in-law Ross Floyd, 31 and grandson Henry, two.

He was displaying a 1961 International tractor.

Mr Floyd said: “Shows like this are very important. They are something that we did when we were younger so it is important to make the connection for future generations. I feel there is a lot to do here and a lot to look at.”

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