This years annual Steam Roller, Traction Engine and Vintage Machinery event “The Rally in the Valley” was due to take place on Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd July 2012 at Severn Park in Bridgnorth, however it was cancelled at the last moment by the local council due to fears over Health and Safety . However the organisers of the event have been offered a new location for the Rally In The Valley, which is less than a 2 minutes drive from Severn Park and is located along the River Severn near Fort Pendlestone and The event has now been rescheduled for Friday 10th, Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th August 2012. The new location is bigger than Severn Park and has the added advantage that there will also be no parking fee’s for anyone attending the event 🙂
The Rally in the Valley began in 2008 as the public launch of the Trevithick Replica Engine CATCH ME WHO CAN, which was being built in Bridgnorth by the Trevithick 200 Charity to celebrate the bi-centenary of the original engine being built at Hazledines Foundry, Bridgnorth in 1808. Since then The engine has been to many events and I’ve also seen it in steam down at the Severn Valley Railway, where the replica was built.
Since then the Rally-In-The-Valley has grown and I am hoping that this years rally will again feature an array of exhibits such as Traction Engines, Steam Rollers, Tractors, Commercial vehicles, Stationary engines, Threshing Machines, Fairground Organs, Showman’s Engines, barrel organ, Sentinel steam wagons plus miniature traction engines and steam rollers, I am also hoping that the replica of Catch-Me-Who-Can, will also be on display. Last time I went there was also be an impressive display of vintage farm machinery such as Stationary Engines, threshing machines & vintage Tractors courtesy of the Bridgnorth Vitage Machinery Association., Kinver Model Society were also demonstrating their miniature steam engines such as Catch-Me-Who-Can & LMS 5960 Leander and there was also a heavy horse ploughing demonstration taking place in the main arena, as well as a cavalcade of Traction Engines & Steam Rollers and other Exhibitor Parades and many other displays will also be taking place in the main arena throughout the weekend , including a cavalcade of exhibitors, Traction Engines, Steam Rollers and Showman Engines – The Highlight for me was when the Owners all blew the whistles simultaneously .
The last time I went there was also a large and impressive display of military vehicles, such as Scammell Tank Transprters, amphibious DUKW, many different examples of World War II Tanks, jeeps, Half-tracks, military Ambulances, military trucks and staff Cars a mouth-watering array of vintage and classic cars and bikes, Commercial Vehicles, vintage Motorcycles and Stationary Engines.
There were also many Awning Displays from Artisans from Blists Hill Museum in Ironbridge who were demonstrating various crafts such as Pottery, Coracle Making, blacksmithing, painting, Dress-making, Corn Milling, basket weaving Longbow Archery & Pipe Making. There will also be a variety of other market stalls, selling traditional arts and crafts, fresh produce, such as Jams, Pickles, Honey, Home made cakes, Wine & Beer.
Entertainment this year, was due to be provided The Bridgnorth Ukelele Band and local band Thomson Oldeman who were due to be perfrming Saturday lunchtime, and the amazing Victorian music hall style pianist Dr Busker and the Wild Rovers, was due to be performing live music on Saturday Night in the beer tent. Members of Elcock Reisen Band were also due to be perfrming as was singer Joanna Rose. I am hoping that Food and drink will be provided by on-site Caterers offering food such as Burgers, Hot dogs, doughnuts, Ice Creams & Candy Floss. For those like me who don’t drive I am hoping that Real Ale & Cider will still be available in the beer tent and I am looking forward to sampling the beer that the bar supplier “Hop and Stagger” brewed specially for the event at their micro brewery in Bridgnorth.