Steam rally proves to be a big at-traction for crowds

30/07/11'Dacorum Steam Country Fayre.  Albert Fenson with daughter Patricia Burbury (right), granddaughter Elaine Burbury and great granddaughter Matilda (3) in front of their family heirloom.
30/07/11'Dacorum Steam Country Fayre. Albert Fenson with daughter Patricia Burbury (right), granddaughter Elaine Burbury and great granddaughter Matilda (3) in front of their family heirloom.

MORE than 100 tractors, 14 steam engines, scores of classic cars and motorbikes, commercial lorries and military vehicles were among the attractions at a village fete.

The fifth annual Dacorum Steam Rally and Country Fayre was held on Saturday and Sunday to raise money for The Hospice of St Francis, based in Northchurch.

This year, farmer Peter Groom – who owns Greencroft Farm in Potten End, where it is held – dedicated it to his old friend, Tom Kingham. Tractor-loving Tom died in the hospice last year after a three-year battle with prostate cancer. He was 72.

A tractor procession was held on Friday and daughter Sarah, 43, laid flowers on his grave at St John the Evangelist Church in Bourne End.

She said: “Dad would have loved the tractors, steam engines and cars. It’s great so many people came to the fayre.”

Co-organiser Dawn Bunker said the fayre was “fantastic” and attracted more than 6,000 people.

The events from the past four years have made more than £37,000 for the hospice. This year’s fundraising total will be announced at a later date.

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