Popular Starting Handle Club vintage show at Marsham

The Starting Handle Club Summer Show 2013.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY The Starting Handle Club Summer Show 2013. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Pictures: ANTONY KELLY
Thursday, August 7, 2014
7:00 AM

Rare vintage tractors, sheepdog demonstrations and classic cars are among a host of agricultural attractions at a machinery club’s fifth annual summer show.

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The Starting Handle Club Summer Show 2013. Ben Holland 13 from Norwich gets a ride on the miniture train driven by Stuart Curson from Norwich.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYThe Starting Handle Club Summer Show 2013. Ben Holland 13 from Norwich gets a ride on the miniture train driven by Stuart Curson from Norwich. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Fun for all the family can be had with heavy horses, musical entertainment and a children’s funfair with magic and comedy from Razz the clown.

And to celebrate the Starting Handle Club’s 40th anniversary, the two-day Marsham event on August 9 and 10 will feature a farming year parade, vintage parks and gardens and the City of Norwich Pipe Band.

Organiser and site owner Bob Parke, who has a collection of agricultural machinery, said he hoped this year would see more than 2,000 visitors to the show.

He said: “People like to come because this show is different from all the other ones. It’s compact on a seven acre site.

“Being small and friendly it is organised by volunteers who are vintage tractor enthusiasts. We think we know what other people like to see. So far we have been successful.”

On the Saturday, a fun tractor run will leave the site at about 5pm; and a barbecue and hog roast will take place from 7pm with entertainment from Farmer Dan Irish Showband beginning at 8.30pm.

Other attractions include activities and demonstrations in the main ring, and a larger selection of children’s entertainment.

There will be ploughing and cultivating working demonstrations, Peak Vale Tractor Pullers, dog agility demonstrations, motorcycles and trade stands.

The Starting Handle Club was created in 1974 by a small group of enthusiasts interested in preserving, working and displaying vintage and classic agricultural and horticultural bygone farm machinery.

The show will take place from 9am to 5pm and tickets for adults are £5. Under 15s go free.

It is at Orchard Cottage, Allison Street, Marsham.

Saturday’s evening entertainment and hog roast is pre-booked only. Contact Bob Parke on 07860174906 to book.

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