Steam Rally will go ahead despite split of society top brass

MHBG-03-07-14 Banbury Steam Rally'Banbury Steam Rally at Bloxham.'Pictured: Steam engine'Picture by Lucy Ford NNL-140628-220843009
MHBG-03-07-14 Banbury Steam Rally'Banbury Steam Rally at Bloxham.'Pictured: Steam engine'Picture by Lucy Ford NNL-140628-220843009

The annual Bloxham Steam Rally will definitely take place according to a statement from the Banbury Steam Society this week.

The event, which was in doubt because of a division between members of the committee, goes ahead on its usual dates of June 27-28 for the 47th consecutive year.

Spokesman Chris Wells said: “The rally is widely known within a 50-mile radius of Banbury and, in addition to the usual attractions, the Historic Commercial Vehicle Society is organising its own event within the rally which will bring in an additional 50 or so classic lorries.”

Mr Wells said the event would take place in its customary location at Smith’s Fields, Bloxham.

There were fears that the rally would not take place because of an exodus of regular volunteers, some of whom pledged to host their own event either this summer or in 2016.

In March, the Banbury Steam Society’s vice president, Robbie Robinson, appealed for ‘new blood’ to join the organisation and a critical meeting was held in an effort to secure enough volunteers to allow the rally to go ahead safely.

The new group, Banbury Rally @ Bloxham Ltd, promised not to do anything to impede the steam society’s plans and said it would hold its event on dates and in a location that would not clash.

The rally attracts crowds of around 15,000 as well as 2,000 caravans.

It features traction engines, steam machinery, military vehicles, lawn mowers, commercial vehicles and bygones from all over the UK.

Traders, exhibitors and campers should visit www.banbury-rally.co.uk or call 01295 320100.