Action-packed rally was a real treat for thousands

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Thousands of people visited Bloxham at the weekend for the biggest Banbury Rally event so far.

There was something for everyone at the two-day celebration of steam and motoring on Milton Road, including amusement park rides, monster truck demonstrations, tank shows and motorcycle and steam engine displays.

Barry Cousins with his hand-built Lyon's Tea truck, the only surviving steam engine of the Lyon's Tea Fleet.
Picture by Lucy Ford NNL-140628-220731009

Barry Cousins with his hand-built Lyon's Tea truck, the only surviving steam engine of the Lyon's Tea Fleet. Picture by Lucy Ford NNL-140628-220731009

Joel Broad, vice-chairman of the Banbury Rally, said: “It was absolutely brilliant and the atmosphere was electrifying. We thought the weather perhaps put people off on Saturday but on Sunday we filled four car parks, which is about 14,000 people. We want to thank everyone for coming down, it was nice to speak to people and hear them saying how much stuff there was to do.

“We also couldn’t do this each year without the help of our volunteers.”

Neil Hems of Red Dragon Monster Ride Trucks was at the event for the first time.

On Saturday he said: “It has been pretty good so far, it was a little bit quiet in the morning when we had the rainfall but after that people were really enjoying themselves.”

Terry Boneham travelled from Warm­ington with a John Rex steam engine model he purchased five years ago.

He said: “I really like all the variety that is on show and it is nice to see a lot of the younger people inter­ested.

“A lot of the children that speak to me know a lot about this stuff!”

 

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