Full steam ahead for rally this weekend

A flypast by the Battle of Britain memorial flight will be one of the highlights for this year’s Belper Steam Rally.

The annual event, which had to be re-scheduled last year,
is set to draw hundreds of
people to Denby at the weekend.

A Hurricane flypast had been lined-up for the 2012 event, but had to be scrapped after the event was put back by three months following poor weather,

However, weather permitting this year, organisers have arranged for a flyover by a Dakota warplane on the Saturday of the rally.

Chairman of Belper Steam Rally, Terry Mellor, said: “It can be pot luck with these things but we’re hoping the weather holds out. When we have had flyovers in the past they have been over very low and banked around a few times with one of them waving out of the fuselage. That will be around 2.45pm to 3pm on the Saturday.

“We have had a lot of phonecalls from traders and exhibitors in the build-up and have been working steadily for three weeks on site. We have a lot of things at the show before, like shire horses and steam engines. There is also plentyof children’s entertainment.”

The event will be held on Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9, at Street Lane, Denby.

There will be parades in the main arena from steam engines, military motorcycles, tractors, vintage and classic cars, along with a few surprises on the day. Also at the event will be an Olde Tyme Fair, fair organs, along with trade and charity stalls and hot and cold refreshments.

Other special attractions include: Cuerden Birds of Prey - one of the UK’s leading falconry display teams; steam lorries; demonstrations and scurries by the Dove Valley Gun Dog Display Team; dancing troupes, including the Heage Windmillers and Splitz Dance School; heritage farm working displays including a wood-sawing demonstration, country crafts, stonemason, threshing drum and working straw chopper; horse and vintage cart parades; amateur radio club; Ram Air Microlight Aircraft; showmans engines and steamrollers; general purpose engines; heavy haulage and plant vehicles; mini-steam engines and models; period caravans; stationary engines and military displays.

Children’s attractions include the Dream Ponies, Professor Gilbert’s Punch and Judy show, Chester’s Showtime, face painting, old tyme fair rides, mini-Land Rovers, water boats and Woodie’s Wings Owl and Parrot Rescue.

The event was first established in 1989 as part of the Belper Festival fortnight. Since it’s beginning, the event has grown and is now firmly established as one of the largest in the county.