Wrea Green village celebrates first ever Autumn Steam Fair
Classic steam engines descended on one Lancashire village last weekend in glorious sunshine.
Thousands of people flocked to Wrea Green for its inaugural The Villa Wrea Green Autumn Steam Fair.
Wrea Green resident Paul Quigley, who organised the event on behalf of the Kirkham and Rural Fylde Rotary Club said the stunning event saw just under 500 exhibits and raised around £20 000 for local charities.
Among the attractions were 46 steam engines, including 26 miniature ones and 20 large full sized ones, 60 commercial vehicles, 80 tractors and 110 classic and vintage cars.
Paul, a former British aerospace engineer, said: ‘It was a great success – the amount of feedback we’ve received was tremendous. ‘
Topping the list of star attractions was a 1910 Foden Showmans engine called Prospector, the only existing one in the world, he said, adding, ‘It is the sole surviving one.’
Also featured in the parkland of The Villa Wrea Green were birds of prey, 60 stalls, a craft marquee, the Pendle dog agility show and a wood carver. Food and bar were supplied by The Villa Wrea Green in support of the event.
Paul, 68, who has two children and three grandchildren, organised the show along with fellow member of the rotary club, Peter Wareing.
He added: ‘It was a superb event. There were millions of pounds worth of steam engines on display.
‘We had this idea that we wanted to raise money for charity. It has been 12 months in the planning, but it was a huge success.’
The money raised by the event will go to a range of local charities including The Calvert Trust in Keswick, a charity that organises outdoor adventure holidays for disabled adults and children,
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