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Out of steam – Driffield Steam Rally comes to an end

Driffield has been delivered a major blow this morning after the East Riding Engine Club announced the shock news that the Driffield Steam & Vintage Rally has come to an end.

The popular event has been held annually at Driffield Showground for the last 30 years and thousands of people flocked to the town for the evening’s road run, which saw vintage engines and tractors parade through the Capital of the Wolds.

See Tuesday’s Driffield & Wolds Weekly newspaper for full story

 

In a statement released this morning, the East Riding Engine expressed its regret at the decision to close the rally and cited a lack of volunteers.

“It is with deep regret that the East Riding Engine Club announces the end of Driffield Steam & Vintage Rally. The club, which has organised the annual August event since 1990, formally made the decision at its November AGM.” said a spokesperson for the East Riding Engine Club.

“The rally celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2019 and each year attracted several hundred working historic exhibits of all shapes and sizes from steam rollers to bicycles, fairground rides and even aeroplane engines.

Although a key occasion in Driffield’s calendar, significant rises in the costs of organising the event and meeting increased safety and security needs had led to the rally making a loss in recent years.

“Club members have organised the rally through tremendous volunteer efforts – often a year-round commitment – and with the support of their families and friends.

Driffield Steam and Vintage Rally – Town Centre Road run

“A lack of new volunteers and an ageing membership mean the club is no longer able to stage the event as this workload falls on an ever-smaller number of people.


“As a non-profit organisation, the East Riding Engine Club has in past years been able to make many donations to local charities from the proceeds of the rally.

“In addition, Yorkshire Cancer Research has benefitted significantly from street collections, held during the very popular Saturday night road-run of exhibits into Driffield town centre, with a record figure of £3,300 being raised in 2018.”

Club Chairman, Harold Bell, said: ‘This hasn’t been an easy decision for the club by any means, the rally’s brought a lot of pleasure to the public and really been an event Driffield can be proud of.

“Sadly, year on year the rally gets harder to organise and none of us are getting any younger, so with it being the 30th anniversary this year, the members felt it was time to go out on a high.”

Main ring action at the annual Driffield Steam and Vintage Rally held at the Showground
Driffield Steam and Vintage Rally traditional evening road run into the Town Centre

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