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Families flock to nostalgic Strumpshaw Steam Rally

PUBLISHED: 12:15 27 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:33 27 May 2018

Eva Hannant, left, seven, and her sister, Katie, six, from East Ruston, on the  family engine, the Duke of Norfolk, at the parade commemorating 100 years since the end of World War One at the Strumpshaw Steam Engine Rally. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Eva Hannant, left, seven, and her sister, Katie, six, from East Ruston, on the family engine, the Duke of Norfolk, at the parade commemorating 100 years since the end of World War One at the Strumpshaw Steam Engine Rally. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Children, families and lovers of vintage vehicles flocked to a celebration of heritage vehicles this Bank Holiday weekend.

The crew, Caitlyn Goward, 14, and Abby Harper-Bourne, 13, on a Marshall agricultural engine in the parade commemorating 100 years since the end of World War One at the Strumpshaw Steam Engine Rally. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe crew, Caitlyn Goward, 14, and Abby Harper-Bourne, 13, on a Marshall agricultural engine in the parade commemorating 100 years since the end of World War One at the Strumpshaw Steam Engine Rally. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Strumpshaw Steam Rally, in its 26th year, on the Strumpshaw Hall, continues today until 5pm and tomorrow from 9am-5pm.

Among the many vintage tractors and agricultural engines on show are seven vehicles used home and away during the First World War.

A rally parade in the grand ring featured the wartime vehicles to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War in 1918.

Mike Curtis, rally organiser, said: “We wanted to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the war and realised that many of our exhibits played a central role both over in France and back in the UK. If only they could speak, they would have some stories to tell.”

Five-year-old Tony Verikas, from Halesworth, in the coal box on the Duke of Ellington 1927 Road Roller in the parade commemorating 100 years since the end of World War One at the Strumpshaw Steam Engine Rally. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYFive-year-old Tony Verikas, from Halesworth, in the coal box on the Duke of Ellington 1927 Road Roller in the parade commemorating 100 years since the end of World War One at the Strumpshaw Steam Engine Rally. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

One of the wartime engines included in the rally is a Garrett steam tractor built in 1917, ordered by the War Department and sent over to France to haul guns, ammunition and supplies.

The Strumpshaw Hall Steam Museum’s own star attraction, Princess Royal, will also join the celebrations to mark her 100th birthday.

More than 500 exhibits will be on show at the rally, including 50 steam engines, road rollers and wagons.

New attractions for this year include a display by the Norfolk and Suffolk Tractor Pullers and performances on the Sunday by the Lowestoft Signing Choir.

Five-year-old Tony Verikas, from Halesworth, in the coal box on the Duke of Ellington 1927 Road Roller in the parade commemorating 100 years since the end of World War One at the Strumpshaw Steam Engine Rally. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYFive-year-old Tony Verikas, from Halesworth, in the coal box on the Duke of Ellington 1927 Road Roller in the parade commemorating 100 years since the end of World War One at the Strumpshaw Steam Engine Rally. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Tickets cost £10 for over 16s - under 16s go free. The price includes free entry to Strumpshaw Hall Steam Museum.

Steam engines in the parade commemorating 100 years since the end of World War One at the Strumpshaw Steam Engine Rally. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYSteam engines in the parade commemorating 100 years since the end of World War One at the Strumpshaw Steam Engine Rally. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Caitlyn Goward, left, and Abby Harper-Bourne, cover their ears as the engines whistle during the parade commemorating 100 years since the end of World War One at the Strumpshaw Steam Engine Rally. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYCaitlyn Goward, left, and Abby Harper-Bourne, cover their ears as the engines whistle during the parade commemorating 100 years since the end of World War One at the Strumpshaw Steam Engine Rally. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Asa Cowlin, six, in a three inch scale model of a AEC Matador fairground lorry at the Strumpshaw Steam Engine Rally. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYAsa Cowlin, six, in a three inch scale model of a AEC Matador fairground lorry at the Strumpshaw Steam Engine Rally. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The parade of steam engines commemorating 100 years since the end of World War One at the Strumpshaw Steam Engine Rally. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe parade of steam engines commemorating 100 years since the end of World War One at the Strumpshaw Steam Engine Rally. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Freddie Smith, five, left, and Mathew Clark, three, with by the wheel of Sir William, a 1919 Wallis and Steevens expansion engine, during the parade commemorating 100 years since the end of World War One at the Strumpshaw Steam Engine Rally. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYFreddie Smith, five, left, and Mathew Clark, three, with by the wheel of Sir William, a 1919 Wallis and Steevens expansion engine, during the parade commemorating 100 years since the end of World War One at the Strumpshaw Steam Engine Rally. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

at the parade commemorating 100 years since the end of World War One at the Strumpshaw Steam Engine Rally. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYat the parade commemorating 100 years since the end of World War One at the Strumpshaw Steam Engine Rally. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Faith, a 1916 Wallis and Steevens agricultural engine leads the parade commemorating 100 years since the end of World War One at the Strumpshaw Steam Engine Rally. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYFaith, a 1916 Wallis and Steevens agricultural engine leads the parade commemorating 100 years since the end of World War One at the Strumpshaw Steam Engine Rally. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY


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