SUNSHINE, blue skies and the unmistakable smell of steam engines brought visitors in their thousands to Heddington for the village’s annual rally writes Trevor Porter who also took these photos.

With over 20 steam engines along with hundreds of displays and exhibits the Heddington and Stockley Rally and Country Fair lived up to its claim of being the counties biggest event of its type.

With displays of falconry, wood carving. horse ploughing, thatching ,country crafts fun dog show, fun fair and children’s area along with the line-up of steam engines, vintage cars, commercials motor cycles, and tractors the two day event had something for everyone

Steam Rally Chairman Jerry Field praised the band of volunteers who put in a huge amount of time and effort to organise the event.

He said: “I am privileged as chairman to steer the group of mainly villagers to stage this event which is firmly on the calendar for steam enthusiasts and visitors alike. The weather has been brilliant, and we have had some very positive feedback from the visitors and exhibitors saying it been one of the best events they have attended.”

Full report and more pictures from Trevor in Thursday's Gazette and Herald.