On Saturday 23rd June our Society organised a second village day in Blunham following the success of last years event. Once again the village put out stalls in the street and pub car parks to add to the attraction of the vintage vehicles.
New at the event this year were Jack Joyce's Fowler Showman's "Valiant" roaded over by Roger Fensome and Peter Freeman, the Smith Family's Wallis & Steevens and Jonathan Vickery's Wallis & Steevens roller "Big Emma" looking very smart after boiler work and a repaint. These were joined by Burrell's "Ex Mayor" and "Lord Kitchener" roading from the Saunden Collection at Stotfold, Fowell No. 92 from the Parrish family and Marshal: 76751 exhibited by the Worbey family both roaded over from Shefford, Pet~ Norton's Fowler roaded over by Geoff Scott-Coomber and Peter Wheeler Michael Maskell's Fowler came from Wi1stead and Bob Jakes steamed over with his Aveling & Porter "Margaret" from Gamlingay. Mick Cox, Rowan Clark and the Holmes family bought along their 6 inch Foden Wagon's while Liz Grimes steamed her 6 inch Allchin with husband Steve giving rides up and down the High Street all day.
Vincent and Marie Lee's Foster, the Millard Family's Burrell and the Cain Family's 3 inch Burrell added to the line up. A good selection of vintage vehicles included Mick Simmonds 1935 Thornycroft, Andrew Simmonds 1948 Bedford, Stuart Thorn's AEC Matador and Irene Cooper's Standard 10 Pick Up.
Jacket potatoes were being served in the Salutation cooked in the smokeboxes of some of the engines present, which created much interest with the public. Again a road run took place to Tempsford at lunchtime with some exhibits remaining in Blunham. A great day was had by all and the weather held off until just before 5 when the rain came down just as everyone was packing up.