North Walsham Young Farmers' Club members create giant steam engine out of straw bales
PUBLISHED: 07:30 03 September 2015 | UPDATED: 12:13 04 September 2015
Archant Norfolk 2015
North Norfolk's railway heritage is being celebrated in a field after Young Farmers' Club members built a large steam engine and four carriages out of straw.
The impressive structure, made of 50 bales by members of the North Walsham branch, stands just outside the town in an Antingham field owned by Jones and Son farmers.
It is one of 12 large straw creations made by senior Young Farmers’ Clubs across Norfolk advertising a new members fortnight between September 28 - October 9.
The structures will be judged against each other and it is the second year for the club competition.
Last year the North Walsham branch came third after making a lorry out of straw bales.
Emily Page, 25, who is North Walsham club chairman, said: “We based it on the North Norfolk Railway because we wanted to build something that was quite pertinent to the area. The club is really pleased with the outcome. It means a lot to us and is something members are going to take pride in each year. We wanted to make sure it was big again.”
About 20 club members, aged 16-24, helped build the sculpture and bales were donated by local farmers.
The North Walsham branch, which meets weekly at the town’s Rossis Leisure centre, is holding a new members night on September 22 at 7.30pm in the leisure club. Call Miss Page on 07757 214478.