Record turn-out at latest Marsworth Steam and Classic Vehicle Rally

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Thousands of pounds have been raised for charities after a record turn-out at Sunday’s Marsworth Steam and Classic Vehicle Rally.

The annual event at the village’s Startop Farm was staged for the 15th time to raise money for charities that are based nearby.

Rally treasurer Melanie Stark said: “It was fantastic – it was a really brilliant day. We banked about £4,000 more than 2011.”

The 2012 event was rained off, as the waterlogged fields would have been unable to cope with the influx of heavy machinery.

But this year the event took in more than £5,500, as more than 2,000 people paid to see the historic steam engines and classic cars that were on display.

Melanie said: “It was a record year for us. Usually we only get about 1,000 people coming here.”

The event also offered face painting, a children’s fairground, a chance to see a Tring fire engine, and rides aboard some of the steam engines.

Graham Dickinson, another of the rally’s organisers, said: “It is getting bigger and bigger every year and hopefully will be even bigger next year.”