Photo Gallery: Gillingham Transport Rally attracts thousands of visitors

Thousands of people turned out to an annual transport memorabilia event to raise money for a Suffolk village hall.

The Gillingham Transport Rally was held at the village hall on Loddon Road and included a collection of almost 100 vehicles, including classic cars, tractors, military vehicles, stationary engines and motorcycles.

Joint co-ordinator of the event and member of the village hall committee, Roger Ellis, said: 'It has been going about 12 years now and the idea was to have a general transport rally and not focus on just one type of transport.

'Last year we raised over �2,500 and over 2,000 people attended. We hope we can do as well this year.'

The money raised will go back into the village hall, which is also used by the local pre-school.


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'We have recently revamped the toilets and out next project will be to replace the floor with a new ballroom floor,' Mr Ellis added.

There was also a beer tent, games, a raffle, stalls and a bouncy castle, plus a tea room with home made cakes, exhibitions and crafts.

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Philip, 73, and Pauline Campling, 71, from Worlingham, brought along their 1905 American steam car.

Mr Campling said he has a passion for steam cars and had owned this one for 14 years.

'If people are interested I'm prepared to talk to them about the car,' he explained.

Mrs Campling added: 'We are proud to have it and it's been enjoyable displaying at the transport rally.'

Treasurer of the village hall committee, Sarah McLennan, was overwhelmed with how positive the feedback had been and said: 'It's been really good and the good weather has helped. All the fund-raising goes straight back into the hall.'

The village hall committee also paid thanks to Mr and Mrs Bramley, who allowed the hall to use their field for the event.

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