Happy 70th Birthday, Judy!

On Sunday this weekend I went to Fawley Hill Steam Fair to watch and look at many displays of different types of old agricultural machinery and transport. This was a charity event in the private grounds of Fawley Hill to celebrate Lady Judy McAlpine’s 70th birthday.

On arrival we admired some rather nice vintage cars before going to the Arena to watch a display of agricultural vehicles. While they cleared the arena for the next event we went and sat in the Big Top listening to Big Band Jazz. Outside was Elvis.As we made our way back to the Arena we saw some lovely shinny steam traction engines while a plane did a display in the sky above. Next up was horse drawn fire appliances. These were magnificent in their gleaming red and gold glossy paint. It was quite exciting as I could feel the ground shaking when they came thundering past at some speed.It was now lunchtime so I had a hog roast roll back in the Big Top while listening to more music.The Grand Parade featured steam lorries and the larger traction engines which had been on show earlier. I really like the oily coal steam smell. The last vehicle was Lady Judy with her striking red hair atop a tank. After the Grand Parade we made our way down to the station for a trip on the train. This was no mean feat as it is a steep gravel path. Wayne did a grand job of getting me down to the station and back. There are no niceties to this ride as you have to travel in an open coal wagon. At least I have my own seat though. The ride on the train takes you through the wider Fawley Hill grounds where you can see the deer and alpacas grazing.The last event we saw was camel racing, where Lady Judy took on a number of other brave souls in a wild race. Finally, we took one last look at the static displays of vintage cars before making our way home, where I discovered that I was covered in ‘smuts’ from all the steam engines.What a way to party!Click the traction engine to see more photos.www.fawleyhill.co.uk

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