Lady Betty gets all steamed up

PEOPLE are invited to let off steam this weekend and join in on the fun at the 24th transport cavalcade in Higham Ferrers.

Steam engines, traction engines and vintage cars will all be part of the annual cavalcade at Lancaster Farm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

More than 1,000 exhibits will be on show to the public from 10am to 5pm each day at the 60-acre site, east of the town.

A spokesman for event organisers, Rushden Historical Transport Society, said: “This year’s main attraction will be a 100-year-old Fowler Showman’s traction engine, named the Lady Betty.

“This engine will be on show with six other showman’s engines at the Cavalcade steam fair.”

Other exhibits include vintage and veteran cars, motorcycles and military displays.

A spokesman added: “This is a fun and nostalgic event, which is always supported by exhibitors and the public from all parts of the Midlands and the Eastern Counties.

“It will be a memorable day out for all the family.”

Each year three cavalcades of vehicles make their way to the site from different locations.

The first will leave on Saturday from Rushden’s former railway station in Rectory Road.

Others will leave on Sunday and Monday from Bedford and Cambridge to travel to the event.

Entrance costs 10 for a family ticket (two adults and two children) or 4.50 per adult and 2 for children and senior citizens.

All proceeds will go towards developing a working railway and transport museum at the former Rushden railway station.

Free car parking facilities will be provided.