Hunton Steam Gathering returns after three-year absence

Hunton Steam Gathering.

The 35th Hunton Steam Gathering will take place as planned this weekend.

The event takes place on Saturday and Sunday in the usual farmland venue to the east of Hunton.

Organisers say they have taken the decision to go ahead as normal following the death of the Queen.

They said in a statement: “With the event all set up and ready to go and in light of our charitable endeavours supporting causes also very close to the nations hearts we intend to continue as planned and look forward to welcoming you all this weekend.

“As a mark of respect for a life devoted to this country – we will hold a two minute silence at 12 noon on each day of the show. This will be announced on the day and signified by the steam engine whistles.

“All are welcome at our usual open air Church Service held on the field at 10.30am on Sunday morning.”

The 35th event will see further expansion to include 1,000 varied exhibits displaying over 120 years of agricultural and motoring heritage on the 70-acre event site.

Exhibitor highlights include 35 steam engines and 60 miniature steam engines along with an original set of steam gallopers.

For the first time ever, the event welcomes a pair of Fowler BB1 steam ploughing engines that will be actively demonstrating steam ploughing throughout the weekend.

In addition to this, there will be over 200 classic cars, 200 tractors, commercial vehicles, motorbikes, stationary engines and more on display throughout the weekend.

Once again, a large craft and food market showcasing local produce will be at the event alongside an avenue of varied trade stalls and autojumble.

The main arena will see displays from Walworth Castle Birds of Prey, North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service (Sunday), a classic auto-test, Bernese mountain dogs, and Richmond Area Motorcycle Project.

Organised by an entirely voluntary committee the HSG Team have been able to donate thousands of pounds to local charities over the years.

For more information, visit www.huntonsteamgathering.com