Arriving early, before the crowds, gave us time to check out all the locations and event areas. From Steam Engines to Classic Cars, Morris Men, Steam Rollers, a Fairground, fly pasts, Camels, Shire Horses, and a Home Guard Unit (“don’t panic”, “stupid boy”, “Don’t tell him Pike”), Punch and Judy, Fire Engines, Miniature Ponies, not forgetting a Ukulele Orchestra. The orchestra was made up from three smaller groups from around the country. They played and sang along to songs from Johnny Cash to Country and even Heavy Rock. They were fantastic. Phew, so much to do and see. We even managed to fit in a ride on the 100 year old steam train, aided by some very kind staff and other visitors. One of the many highlights was seeing a steam powered wood cutting display.
The weather was really kind and we sat in sunshine to write the blog. A tasty packed lunch was eaten whilst watching a steam traction engine parade. I bought two pin badges for my collection. Both from the Tornado A1 stand commemorating the recent blue paint job.
What a great day!
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