Weather failed to dampen the spirts of steam fair visitors

13:59 10 May 2010

A line up of steam machines with the mill in the background

A line up of steam machines with the mill in the background

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£20,000 raised at fair to keep mill turning

THE weather put a dampener on the eighth Stotfold Steam and Country Show at the weekend.

Even though the attendance was down by over 2,000 on last year, around 8,500 still braved the damp and cold weather to see the great steam engines on display and other attractions.

At the end of the weekend around £20,000 had been raised to make sure Stotfold Mill would keep turning for another year.

“It wasn’t a great weekend weather wise with rain on the Saturday and a cold wind both days. But we got solid support although the attendance was down on last year,” said John Saunders, chairman of the Stotfold Mill Trust.

“At least we raised enough to keep the mill going for another year which is all that matters.”

The next event at the mill is on October 9 and 10 when there is the annual steam weekend with ploughing and other vintage machines from the past 100 years of agriculture actually working.

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