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Monday, 01 September 2014

Cumbria vintage day pulls in thousands

PRISTINE steam engines and classic cars and motorcycles were among the attractions at a festival which is expected to have pulled in a crowd of 25,000 people.

Exhibitors and visitors flocked to Cumbria Steam Gathering at Cark Airfield, Flookburgh, at the weekend.

Families enjoyed parades of vintage steam engines, tractors, wagons, cars, motorcycles and bicycles.

There were also BMX displays, sheep shearing demonstrations, fairground attractions and hundreds of trade stalls.

Friends Jessica Blackett and Billijo Taylor, of Barrow, both eight, had a great time at the event.

The girls agreed that the fair rides had been their highlight.

Jessica’s mum Sheryllyn Smith, 46, said: “Cumbria Steam Gathering is a really good family day out and we are really enjoying the day.

“There is plenty to do and to see.”

Jason Varley, of Ulverston, was exhibiting the 1931 Pendle Prince, the only Fowler Steam Wagon left in working condition.

Mr Varley is the manager of Bardsea Leisure Park, in Ulverston. His steam wagon was rescued by his late grandfather, Tom Varley, from a scrapyard in 1971.

Pendle Prince graced the cover of the show programme this year for the 41st Cumbria Steam Gathering.

During the event, members of the public got to have a ride in the wagon and some other steam vehicles, with the show donating funds to charity.

Mr Varley, who maintains the wagon with his friend Dave Conway, said it had undergone a restoration since last year’s event and he had received great feedback.

The 28-year-old said: “This is our local show and it should be supported by local people. The show gets better each year with more exhibits.

“It’s nice to be able to drive to the event.”

David Foster, treasurer of Cumbria Steam Gathering, said the sunshine and large numbers of people had been a dream for the show.

Mr Foster said: “We put on a varied event to satisfy any member of the family.

“The restoration and maintenance of the vehicles is magnificent.”

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