The 14th & 15th September was a weekend not to be missed at Old Warden Park. The seventh Bedfordshire Steam & Country Fayre took place with record crowds at our largest rally to date. There was a good selection of first time exhibits, especially in the steam section as well as an increase in the number of larger organs and heavy horses. As well as some local exhibits, first time engines came from far and wide . Paul and Ian Vickery made their first appearance at our event with their Aveling & Porter R10 Roller "Mona" which is still undergoing restoration.
Jimmy Key from Strumpshaw Steam Museum came with Foden Wagon 13802 "Santa Maria" whilst in contrast was Super Sentinel 8393 "Sultan" from the Royal Navy's School of Marine Engineering. Burrell 3121 "Keeling" owned by David Smith and Fowler 10371 "Ada" of David Gowlett were new in the agricultural line up, whilst Dennis and Brian Smith bought along their Burrell Road Loco "Dorothy", No. 4093 of 1931. Fowler 7 NHP "Prince of Wales" was the only new engine in the Showman's line up. The engine, No. 14948 was built in 1917 as a winding engine for the Russian army.
Where possible, the Fairground rides got their power generated by steam engines, with Burrell engines being in the majority. No. 4000 "Ex Mayor" was working hard on the Dodgems whilst 3949 "Princess Mary" was making a welcome return running the Chair-o-Planes. The engine missed last year's event due to Foot & Mouth restrictions. Burrell 3890 "Majestic" was running the Gallopers whilst Fowler 14225 "Carry On" was powering other rides.