Morton steam event needs new volunteers

Tony Meak enjoys this year's steam fair
Tony Meak enjoys this year's steam fair
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A steam and vintage weekend which has raises thousands of pounds for charity is at risk of coming to an end after its organiser stepped down.

Brian Lawrance, of Edenham Road, Hanthorpe has run the event in Morton since its inception in 2006 but he has decided he is no longer able to continue.

During the seven years the event been going it has raised more than £10,000 for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

In June this year more than 2,000 vintage enthusiasts both local and from further 
afield descended on Morton in for the seventh annual steam fair.

The festival, held over Saturday and Sunday at Dock Furrows Farm in Bourne Road, included 10 miniature steam engines, two big engines, a range of vintage vehicles including 27 commercial lorries, 37 tractors and 74 cars all from before 1970.

Visitors also enjoyed a fun fair, craft stalls and refreshments as well as other entertainment. A total of £1,315 was raised from the event this year.

But rather than let this popular event come to an end Mike Holden, of Lark Rise, Morton, is appealing for people to come forward to help him stage the steam weekend in 2014.

Mr Holden said: “I want to ask for volunteers, donations, and sponsorship to help resurrect this popular charitable and fun event for the future.

“The proper respect, gratitude and admiration are due to Mr Lawrance for the results he has achieved in running this popular event.

“I have tried to canvass support for continuance of the event to no avail.”

In order for the weekend to continue, a capital outlay of at least £3,000 is required to hire of marquees, appropriate licences, pay for insurance and other costs.

To raise such a sum between now and next June is unlikely to say the least, but with some effort it may be possible to continue the event from 2014 onwards.

Mr Holden said: “What is needed is working capital and volunteers otherwise the fair will remain a distant memory and the air ambulance will lose a valued contribution.”

Anyone who may be interested finding out more should contact Mr Holden by e-mail at
 resholden@aol.com