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All smiles at Steamtrak Rally on Rutland Water shores

Rutland Water Steam fair   George and Charlie Smith aboard a traction engine EMN-140629-162100009

Rutland Water Steam fair George and Charlie Smith aboard a traction engine EMN-140629-162100009

Hundreds of people turned out to support a steam fair which relocated to the shores of Rutland Water after outgrowing its village home.

The Steamtrak Rally has taken place in Great Casterton for the past few years but this year organisers were forced to look for a new location because it has grown too big.

Throughout Saturday and Sunday, hundreds of people flocked to Sykes Lane at Empingham to view dozens of steam vehicles on show. Twelve full size steam engines, 15 miniature engines, 18 stationary engines, 20 lorries, 20 classic cars and 20 motorbikes lined up alongside 50 trade stalls for the visitors.

The steam fair coincided with the launch of the new £20,000 bathing beach will be open every weekend throughout the summer for visitors to build sandcastle and paddle in the shallow waters.

Steam fair organiser Charlotte Salt said: “Lots of steam enthusiasts and families came along over the weekend to enjoy the fair. The whole event went really well and we would love to host it at Rutland Water again next year.”

 

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