Community News: Carnival Atmosphere at 10th Steam Event @ The Hoops, Bassingbourn by Clive Porter…

On Saturday 18th May, there was a real carnival atmosphere at the Hoops in Bassingbourn when the pub presented its tenth steam event, raising money for local charities.

What started as a one-off show in 2014 with a solitary steam engine has, throughout the years, transpired into an extraordinary day each year with color and action for all the family.

The past is rekindled with not only the hissing and steam of the rollers and giant Showman’s Engines but also rare classic cars, an interesting selection of vintage tractors, and motorcycles. There was entertainment for the crowds from two Dutch street organs, and face painting, and a bouncy castle for the youngsters.

‘Steam at the Hoops’, the brainchild of Clive Flack,  and which is hosted each year by the pub landlords, Russell and Tracy Wollaston, has become a popular annual event, not only entertaining, but raising money for local pensioners and charities, and is sponsored by Cheffins Machinery and Vintage Sales and supported by the Bedford Engine Preservation Society and a host of local businesses.

Highlights this year included an immaculate 1927 Sentinel three-way steam tipper which spent its entire working life on the Isle of White and was presented by Melvyn Camps. Husband and wife team, Adam and Laura Brown brought along their rare 1928 Humber 14/40 Tourer, which they purchased just nine months ago. Simon Fox displayed his delightful 4” scale model Burrell Agricultural Tractor, whilst Matt and William Garwood turned up with their Aveling and Porter R10 ‘Old Girl’, from 1891. The largest offering of the day was the startling Fowler 13922 Showman’s Engine from 1913 belonging to Allan Marchington which has recently received a new Box, Blackhead, and Barrel.

A delighted Clive said “£1,800 has been raised at our auction for the benefit of the Bassingbourn pensioners and local charities. During the ten years that the event has been held we have achieved a total of no less than £25,000 for these causes”. He continued, “We are very grateful to Russell, Tracy, and family for making us all so welcome. Special thanks to our sponsors, Raffle and Square sellers Suzanne and Murray Smith, and all of our helpers and exhibitors who have made the event possible, and also to Jeremy Curzon who skillfully conducted our auction once again. Last but by no means least to my long-suffering partner, Jacqui, and son, Richie.

Copyright – Article & photographs – Clive Porter 
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