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Steaming ahead as the road run returns to Driffield Town Centre

A family fun weekend filled with nostalgia of steam is how organisers have described this weekend’s Driffield Steam Fair.

Taking place across both Saturday and Sunday at Driffield Showground, the steam fair will feature a fine selection of hundreds of steam, vintage and classic vehicles from traction engines and steam rollers to classic cars, tractors, vintage motorbikes and agricultural machinery.

There promises to be entertainment for the whole family including an old-time funfair, vintage traders, craft stalls, children’s activities, food and refreshments, live entertainment and much more.

This year sees the return of the popular Saturday evening road run which sees thousands of people congregate in Driffield town centre from 6pm to watch as the vehicles make their way from the Showground and travel through the town.

Darren Harper from Custom Shows, which took over the running of the annual steam fair in 2020 following East Riding Engine Club’s decision to cancel it after 30 years, said he was over the moon to see the road run make its return this year.

He said: “The road run is a big part of the show and is what people flock from all over the country to see, so we are pleased it is back on because it attracts more people to the area and the big steamers love coming into town.

“This year we are looking at having some of the steamers with trailers so that the public can get involved and take part in the run.”

He added that they have pulled out all the stops for this year’s steam fair and he promises a packed weekend of entertainment for all ages to enjoy.

Driffield Steam and Vintage Rally & Town Road Run

He said: “This year the stream fair will be bigger, better and more enjoyable than ever before.
“We have listened to feedback from last year and have incorporated lots more entertainment, particularly for the younger visitors, to ensure it is a real family day.

“We have up to 1,000 exhibits, which is double the amount of last year.

“We have bigger fairground attractions and lots more trade stalls and lots of activities for the kids.

“In the main arena we will have two big steam engines for people to go and sit on and see how it all works and on Sunday members of the public will have the opportunity to try their hand at steering an engine around the arena under supervision.

“We have put everything into making this year so special so that after COVID, people can come out and enjoy themselves.”

He added that steam fairs hold a special place in people’s hearts because they help to bring history alive.

“The fair helps to teach people about how engines used to run 100-150 years ago,” he said.

“History is usually read about in textbooks but at the fair, people can see it in front of their eyes and young people are interested in the past and how their grandparents and great-grandparents used to live.

“The steam world is like one big family and the steamers love getting back together and being able to play about with their engines and show what they have got, rather than them being stuck in a shed.

“Ticket sales are going really well and we are really looking forward to getting back to Driffield for a fantastic weekend.”

For tickets and information, visit www.driffieldsteamfair.co.uk

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