Hard-working organisers of the 16th annual Chipping Steam Fair have hailed it “another great success” with 10,000 visitors across its three days and more then 525 vehicles on display.
Spokesman Mary Harrison said the event’s Green Lane site was filled to capacity, the quality of entries was very high with excellent weather on Sunday and Monday and “something for everyone to enjoy.”
As well as crafts and stalls for all ages and tastes, the main focus was on the great variety of vehicles attracting major interest.
Forty steam engines of different sizes and makes vied for attention with more than 200 tractors, there were 150 classic and vintage cars, 95 commercial lorries and 40 military vehicles which reminded spectators that 2014 was the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One. This was also marked by a biplane aerobatics display team attending for the first time, plus another major showpiece – a Spitfire in D-Day colours and three aero engines, loaned by owner Bill Richards who runs the Spitfire and Aeroengine Society.
Supporters also enjoyed a beer tent, refreshment stalls, donkey rides, live music, Punch and Judy and fairground rides, and entertainment was provided by The Street Monkeys, a professional free running/parkour team from the North-West.
The amount raised for charity this year is still to be finalised.