Thousands head to popular Strumpshaw Steam Rally

Strumpshaw Steam Rally. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Strumpshaw Steam Rally. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The whistles of engines and the smell of steam have greeted the thousands of visitors that have flocked to this year's Strumpshaw Steam Rally.

Strumpshaw Steam Rally. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Strumpshaw Steam Rally. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Now in its 24th year, the rally has experienced an 'exceptional year' with numbers expected to hit 4,500 when the event ends on Monday.

Held at Strumpshaw Hall Steam Museum, near Norwich, the rally boasts a range of steam and traction engines of every shape and size from both the museum's collection and those from visiting museum such as Charles Burrell in Thetford.

People have been taken back in time by Viking re-enactors and displays by old steam driven saws cutting trees and steam crushers crushing stone.

Tom Laird, who runs the museum, said: 'This is the first year the museum has run the event. It has been brilliant. On Saturday we had 1,500 people visit. And that is just adults because we do not count the children.


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'It has been very successful and has been an exceptional year. We have had more local people involved this year and there has been so much activity. We have had an organist playing a Christie Cinema Organ which is just brilliant when it plays.'

Next year the rally will celebrate its 25th year and Mr Laird has said big things are being organised.

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The rally takes place on Monday from 9am to 5pm.

For more information visit http://www.strumpshawsteammuseum.co.uk/about

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