Crowds enjoy Abergavenny steam rally

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STEAM enthusiasts gathered in Abergavenny for the town's annual festival. KEILIGH BAKER reports.

THOUSANDS of people braved the torrential rain on Sunday and the sunshine on Bank Holiday Monday to visit Abergavenny’s annual Steam Rally.

Last year, visitors to the Abergavenny Steam, Veteran and Vintage Rally raised £22,000 for charities and organisers are hoping this year’s rally will raise even more.

The two-day event has been organised by the Abergavenny Steam Rally Co Ltd since 2010 with profits donated to local charities in the area. All profits are handed back to the Rotary Club for distribution to worthy causes in the town and it is now the biggest donor of charitable money in north Gwent.

Over the weekend enthusiasts were treated to a parade of steam engines convoying through the town before reaching Bailey Park, where there were classic cars and tractors, demonstrations, displays and musical performances to see.

Making a return this year were old favourites the children’s tug of war with steam engines and the ladies steering competition.

There were also performances from a stuntman, a parade of classic cars, and live music.

Show organiser, Derek Lewis said: “This year we have a great show, with outstanding arena events and a great collection of steamers, veteran and vintage machines.”

Visitors were able to view a variety of vehicles displayed throughout the park, including tractors, military vehicles, traditional farming machinery, classic cars, vintage caravans and steam engines.

Visitors were also treated to a display of duck herding demonstrations by Meirion Owen's Quack Pack and from professional stuntman Mark Stannage, who specialises in car, motorbike, fire, escapology and high fall stunts.

Organiser John Bannon said: “The weather has improved for Monday and we are set for a good day. It wasn’t so good on Sunday – the torrential rain put people off, but we were pleasantly surprised as we still had a couple of thousand visitors.

“With today’s blue skies we are expecting several thousand visitors.

“The event is always popular because it has a lovely community feel – the whole town comes together. There’s lot to see, it’s a nice family day out and most importantly, it’s a reasonable price.

“We have visitors and cars from all over the country – it’s a great event.”

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10:26pm Mon 26 May 14

jimmysmith says...

and bailey park wrecked again .every year its a wash out with the park reduced to a mud bath and every one living around the park greatly inconvenienced. its high time it was rearranged or moved onto the adjacent fair field car park .and before any one starts shouting spoil sport go and have a look at the state of the park .
and bailey park wrecked again .every year its a wash out with the park reduced to a mud bath and every one living around the park greatly inconvenienced. its high time it was rearranged or moved onto the adjacent fair field car park .and before any one starts shouting spoil sport go and have a look at the state of the park . jimmysmith
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2:07pm Tue 27 May 14

varteg1 says...

Did my bit for the ground.....I stayed away, sadly, as I normally attend the event,l but the downpours of the last few days told me what would be the case.
Did my bit for the ground.....I stayed away, sadly, as I normally attend the event,l but the downpours of the last few days told me what would be the case. varteg1
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3:28pm Tue 27 May 14

jimmysmith says...

jimmysmith wrote:
and bailey park wrecked again .every year its a wash out with the park reduced to a mud bath and every one living around the park greatly inconvenienced. its high time it was rearranged or moved onto the adjacent fair field car park .and before any one starts shouting spoil sport go and have a look at the state of the park .
thumbs down all you want to .but like the old saying goes the truth never hurt nobody . take a look at the state of the road coming out of the main entrance into the park just above the bailey pub .follow the road down to the junction by the angel hotel .see how much mud has been left on the road . lets all hope now the rain washes it away before some hapless cyclist or motorcyclist skids on it .
[quote][p][bold]jimmysmith[/bold] wrote: and bailey park wrecked again .every year its a wash out with the park reduced to a mud bath and every one living around the park greatly inconvenienced. its high time it was rearranged or moved onto the adjacent fair field car park .and before any one starts shouting spoil sport go and have a look at the state of the park .[/p][/quote]thumbs down all you want to .but like the old saying goes the truth never hurt nobody . take a look at the state of the road coming out of the main entrance into the park just above the bailey pub .follow the road down to the junction by the angel hotel .see how much mud has been left on the road . lets all hope now the rain washes it away before some hapless cyclist or motorcyclist skids on it . jimmysmith
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