Reprieve for Stradsett vintage rally

PUBLISHED: 12:48 12 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:48 12 February 2018

The Stradsett Vintage Rally, which has won a reprieve. Picture:Ian Burt

The Stradsett Vintage Rally, which has won a reprieve. Picture:Ian Burt

One of the region's biggest vintage rallies has won a reprieve.

Organisers of the Stradsett Park Vintage Rally announced that they would be calling it a day after almost 50 years.

The National Vintage Tractor and Engine Club East Anglia group blamed rising costs for cancelling the event, which was attended by thousands of farm machinery fans.

Now it says it has reached a compromise with the estate’s owners meaning the event can go ahead over the weekend of May 6 and 7.

“The 2018 show may just be the best year ever providing the weather is in our favour,” said organiser Gordon Carson. “Our new entry form went on the internet on December 3 and by the Wednesday we had 10 entries. It’s just great to see we still have the support of our exhibitors. The rally is run by volunteers and the profits go to local charities so please support us. The cost is the same with adults being just £7.50 and children under 16 are free.”

Mr Carson said this year’s attractions included more than 300 vintage, classic and modern tractors, horticultural machines and displays, vintage and classic cars and commercial vehicles.

There will also be heavy horses, full size and miniature steam engines, bygone displays, ex-military, club displays, mini tractor pulling, fairground rides, a licenced bar and live entertainment.

He added: “All this in one of the best settings you will find in East Anglia when the sun is shining, music playing, steam engines silently ticking over and the smell of TVO when the old Petrol/TVO tractors go around the ring it is just a wonderful day out.”

Some £9,000 was donated to charity from the proceeds of last year’s Stradsett rally.

It included £5,000 to the East Anglian Air Ambulance, £1,000 to the West Norfolk RSPCA, £1,000 to Scotties Little Soldiers, £1,000 to the Norfolk and Waveney Prostate Cancer support group and £1,000 to the Big C Cancer Support Information Centre.

The tractor club also donated £2,340 to the East Anglia Air Ambulance from its vintage tractor road run last April.

It also donated £5,788.81 to the Moth in a China Shop which was the proceeds from over a year long raffle to win an International B250 vintage tractor.

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