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In pictures: Haddenham Steam Rally draws the crowds





It wasn’t just steam engines that drew the crowds to last weekend’s Haddenham Steam Rally, back for the first time since 2019 – there was plenty on offer for non-steam enthusiasts as well.

Roger Kightly from Chatteris won the best newcomer steam engine with the miniature engine he built over the last 12 months, the fourth he has built over the years. Picture: Keith Heppell
Roger Kightly from Chatteris won the best newcomer steam engine with the miniature engine he built over the last 12 months, the fourth he has built over the years. Picture: Keith Heppell

The rally, which first took place back in 1971, and which donates funds to local charities, also boasted more than 75 trade stands, a craft tent, a funfair, live music, and a large selection of catering stands.

The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell

Gavin Young, rally secretary, said the weekend (September 10-11) was “very successful” but admitted that it was “touch and go” whether it would go ahead due to the passing of Her Majesty the Queen.

“But broadly we decided that we thought it was the right thing to do; we’re a charity event,” he said. “So we went ahead and the crowds would suggest that we did the right thing, and it was very popular –

probably our best year ever.

“Record crowds, a lot of exhibitors from all over the country – we had a nice display of steam engines and tractors, working demonstrations, and vintage cars, a fair. The feedback we’ve had from the public has been positive.”

The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell

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Gavin believes “around 10,000” people attended over the weekend. He added: “We always aim to make it a family event. Children under 16 get in free, so that’s what we promote. Everyone has a good day and we provide something for everyone.”

The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Haddenham Steam Rally 2022. Picture: Keith Heppell

For more information, go to haddenhamsteamrally.co.uk.



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