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Steam rally success in Potten End

13:28 02 August 2011

A magnificent steam engine

A magnificent steam engine

The fifth annual Steam Rally for the Hospice of St Francis was held in Potten End this weekend with the sunshine and warm weather drawing record-breaking crowds.

The fifth annual Steam Rally for the Hospice of St Francis was held in Potten End this weekend with the sunshine and warm weather drawing record-breaking crowds.


The family day out, starting with a tractor-trailer ride from the car park into the showground, provided something for everyone with special events taking place all through the day ranging from vintage tractors trying to balance on a metal see-saw, demonstrations of archery through the ages, heavy horses, the majestic steam engines, vintage cars, commercial lorries and military vehicles, vintage motor bikes and a hot air balloon demonstration.


Roslyn Walker the famous escapologist amazed the crowds with a death defying escape and helped kids try out their circus skills. Harvey the Clown also entertained the children and even Thomas the Tank Engine made a special visit.


One of the organisers Dawn Bunker, said, It was wonderful and the weather was fantastic. We had more than 6,000 people this year which was considerably more than last year. It was bigger than last year, everyone was happy, the side-stalls, the people - everyone went away happy which for us is brilliant. We'd like to say thank you for the superb support from Sainsbury's at Chesham, everyone at the Hospice, and everyone who gave their time and effort.


Claire de Silva, from the Hospice of St Francis said: We are thrilled that the event had such a fantastic turn out this year and everyone gave generously. There was a brilliant atmosphere and we are so grateful to everyone who came along. The money raised from the weekend ensures the hospice can continue to reach hundreds of local people, caring for them and their families through difficult times.


Over the past four years the Dacorum Steam and Machinery Preservation Group, their families and friends have raised over 37,000 for the Hospice of St Francis.

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