Nostalgic blast from past at Marsham starting handle show

More than 100 vintage tractors provided a blast from the past to visitors to the Starting Handle Club's second annual summer show at Marsham.

Vehicles on show ranged from a 1914 International 12-14 Mogul to Caister's former lifeboat tractor, built in the 1930s and lovingly restored by Roger Beck of Stalham.

Other attractions at the two-day weekend event included a heavy horse demonstration, a dog agility show and a display of agricultural equipment ranging from ploughs and lawnmowers, to a JCB grave digger.

Visitors also had a chance to see classic cars dating back to the 1930s, as well as vintage motorcycles, including a 1923 Levis, brought along by Bradwell painter and decorator Peter Rule.

The motorbike, which was originally supplied by R O Clark of Upper King Street, was used by well-know EDP wartime photographer George Swain to get around Norwich as he recorded the devastating impact of the 1942 blitz on the city.

Club chairman Richard Hewitt said that after exhibiting at the Aylsham show and the Norfolk show every year since 1975, club members decided to hold their own event for the first time last year.

'It was a big success as we had about 2,000 people turn up,' he said. 'I think people just love looking at old machinery, it is all about nostalgia.'

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