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Full steam ahead as fayre welcomes vintage machines, classic trades and mules!

Volunteer firemen from the Paper Trail, Apsley, were on hand to provide water for the smaller steam engines at the Dacorum Steam Fayre Potten End

Volunteer firemen from the Paper Trail, Apsley, were on hand to provide water for the smaller steam engines at the Dacorum Steam Fayre Potten End

An event designed to promote the awareness and preservation of vintage machinery went full steam ahead over the weekend.

The Dacorum Steam and Country Fayre, now in its eighth year, has also raised more than £95,000 for the Berkhamsted-based Hospice of St Francis over the years.

It is hoped that this year’s total will beat last year’s £20,000 when final funds are totted up, as money is still to come in from various sources.

The event, organised by the Dacorum Machinery and Steam Preservation Group, encourages people of all ages to take an interest and get involved with saving and preserving machinery of all types.

But it wasn’t just classic technology and vintage apparatus on display at Potten End’s Green Croft Farm – which is itself provided free for the vent by the landowner.

Among this year’s attractions were also demonstrations of little-known trades such as horseshoeing and glass blowing, as well as bird of prey displays and even an appearance by some mules, who proved very popular over the Saturday and Sunday.

Dawn Bunker, of the event planning team, said: “There are lots of steam rallies around but we call ourselves a steam and country fayre because we encourage things that people wouldn’t normally get a chance to see – and it is absolutely fascinating.

“It was an amazing show and we would like to thank all of the volunteers – including youngsters – who all worked so hard to make it a lovely family event.”

Event organisers have already set aside the weekend of July 25 and 26 next year for the ninth annual fayre.

Dawn would like to encourage any Dacorum businesses and companies who may be interested in corporate sponsorship opportunities for next year’s event to contact her by email on dvbunker@aol.com.

 

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