PHOTO GALLERY: Thousands descend on sunny Weeting Steam Rally

Farmland on the Norfolk-Suffolk border took a trip back to the bygone age of agriculture for a popular country fair.

Organisers of the Weeting Steam Rally spoke of their delight today after the sun shone and thousands of steam engine enthusiasts poured into the show ground for the three day event.

A host of vehicles of all shapes and sizes from giant traction engines to miniature trains were on show at the 44th annual show at Weeting, near Brandon.

The overflow car parks were put into full use yesterday and today as around 4,000 people attended the country fair, which raises funds for local good causes.

Hundreds of local families attended and enthusiasts from as far afield as the Netherlands, Glasgow and Yorkshire.

David Blackburn, ring master, said that after three rain-hit years, it was fantastic to get some sunshine for the 2012 Weeting Steam Rally.

'We are delighted and the weather has made it as ever. We had a steady Friday and the main car park was full on Saturday and Sunday. It is all about demonstrating engines that work and that is the special thing about this rally and we have had demonstrations of ploughing, sawing and threshing,' he said.

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The rally welcomed more than 100 classic tractors and 70 classic cars this year and there were a host of displays in the grand ring of vintage tractors, military vehicles, fire engines, classic cars and shire horses. There were also demonstrations from The Snakewood Dog Agility Team.

One of the highlights of the weekend included a wedding blessing in the main ring on Saturday for steam enthusiasts Angela Wren and Paul Coupland, who were married at a ceremony in Thetford on Tuesday and were accompanied by 30 vintage engines at their blessing.

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