Steam Rally 2012
Report by C Trollope
ONCE again the Annual
Riverside Steam Rally took place on Saturday, 22 April and
Sunday, 23 April 2012. It is now one of the local events of the
year, especially for steam buffs. It was once more at Riverside
Holiday Park, Mere Brow, so there many campers visiting, but
also there were an enormous number of other visitors, all of
whom seemed to be really enjoying themselves. The forecast rain
was not heavy, nor continuous, so the grassed ground was mud
free with plenty of sunshine on day 2, despite the weather
In the fields, occupied by the show bordering the camping site,
there was so much to see, and do, with every exhibit and stall
sensibly grouped in their own specific areas. Extremely pleasant
stewards, mainly volunteers, in the car park, at the pedestrian
entrance and round the show ground, guided and helped the
visitors. The many exhibitors were only too pleased to talk
about their machines.
The photographs show some of the interesting exhibits of steam
vehicles; a working steam thrashing machine; a 1930/40’s. Post
office van with mail for delivery; miniature steam vehicles
being driven around the show; refreshments, hot and cold, even
some alcohol; then among the various stalls, clothing, and
memorabilia were available; live music in a marquee; classic
vehicles and trailers; plus a fair ground fun fair.
All of the foregoing was to help raise money for the many
various local charities. At the time of going to press, it was
believed to be in the £25,000 area. Well done, everybody, once
more, for a wonderful day. Thank you, those who organised this
super event; it seems to get better each time, so we all look
forward to the next one.
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