A golden age of steam

PUBLISHED: 14:15 21 September 2006 | UPDATED: 10:54 06 May 2010

All the fun of the fair for Chelsey Corbey-West

All the fun of the fair for Chelsey Corbey-West

IT WAS certainly full steam ahead at the 50th anniversary of the Bedfordshire Steam and Country Fayre. Fair weather greeted hundreds of visitors to the event during Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the grounds of the Old Warden estate near Biggleswade.The g

Henly Parrish and Robert Nix give a 1903 Fowler Agricultural Traction Engine a clean

IT WAS certainly full steam ahead at the 50th anniversary of the Bedfordshire Steam and Country Fayre.

Fair weather greeted hundreds of visitors to the event during Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the grounds of the Old Warden estate near Biggleswade.The golden anniversary of the event, which started in February, 1956, was marked with a three-day spectacular with the theme being Made in Bedfordshire.

On show was a selection of vehicles including an Ivel Agricultural Motor made in Biggleswade by Dan Albone, the English pioneer of the farm tractor.

There were also examples of the Saunderson tractors which were also made locally and other artefacts from agricultural history.

Also among the exhibitors was the Berkeley Enthusiasts Club which was also celebrating its 50th anniversary with its members displaying cars and caravans made in Biggleswade.

Visitors were also able to enjoy other equipment associated with the agricultural industry as well as visiting the Swiss Garden and the bird of prey centre.

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